Jean & The Wonderful Idea Machine is a journey of a little girl who invents a machine that transforms worried thoughts into wonderful ideas to help her parents who are struggling financially.
She is inspired to build the machine by a science fair assignment to invent something that will solve a problem that she has seen. She decides she wants to create a machine that can change worried thoughts to wonderful ideas. Eventhough her science teacher dismisses her idea and her doubt threatens to derail her vision she is able to bring her vision to life.
The president of the United States invites her to bring her Wonderful Idea Machine to the world peace summit. Not only does she help her parents but her machine helps the whole world create peace and prosperity for all.
This musical was developed by sharing the story and songs from the musical at elementary and middle school assemblies. Parents and teachers loved it because it’s entertaining and teaches growth mindset principles.
“Having a growth mindset means believing that a person’s abilities aren’t innate but can be improved through effort, learning, and persistence. A growth mindset is all about the attitude with which a person faces challenges, how they process failures, and how they adapt and evolve as a result.” - Steve Hogarty
In 2019 The Portland Musical Theater company put on two staged readings, and we collected feedback from the parent and children in the audience. Here are the most common words used to describe how the musical made them feel:
Uplifted - Hopeful - Happy - Very Good - Resolved - Inspired - More Positive - Encouraged.
AWARDS: In 2020 I put on a zoom production and recorded it and turned the production into a film that traveled around the world and received 12 film festival selections and FINALIST - European International Film Festival - 2020, Semi-Finalist - Children’s Cinema Awards 2021, Semi-Finalist - Eurasia International Film Festival - 2021.