new and unique telling of Paperboy in music and lyrics,” said Vince. “We asked the students for feedback at the end of the session that went by far too quickly. They shared their feelings, which gave us confidence that this is a story that can be told in a musical setting.”

One of Jim’s original songs, Dancing With Our Hands, is written for a deaf character in the book. Jim’s rendition turned into a bit of spontaneous theater when a faculty member who knows American Sign Language volunteered to “sign” the song as he performed it. “We have in mind that characters will sign this song on stage as part of the performance. It was beautiful to see and hear,” added Vince.

Vince and Jim are hard at work putting together all the pieces to their new musical. “Jim has written more than a dozen original songs and I continue to work on the script. We don’t have a timeline or a producer yet, but we do want to see “Paperboy - A New Musical” on stage.”

"I've learned more about stuttering and thought about it a lot as we go along," Jim said. It's made me think of the challenge we all have communicating, hearing and being heard. I see a lot of the issues of our time through that prism now. Paperboy is brave and has a big heart and he's on a journey--he's the hero--and on some level, his quest is universal."

Top left: Vince and Jim performing for the students at Frederica Academy.

Vince’s sequel to Paperboy, titled Copyboy, is due out in August of 2018, and will be available on Amazon and in local bookstores.


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