“That’s Why I Sing” was marked by anxiety before the premiere and a lot of emotion during the performance.
Rehearsals for the show lasted about five months, involving 41 teenagers. “We prepared a lot and wanted to transmit our energy to the public,” says Medleing Lissa Souza, 14, a student of the choir workshop since 2016. According to her, the presentation exceeded expectations. “It was amazing, it turned out a lot better than what we were expecting and I wanted to do it again, because even while enjoying every second of the presentation, my feeling was that it went by too fast,” she says, thrilled. Pedro Ferreira, 19, a member of Árvore since 2010 and currently a percussion monitor, also participated in the musical. "It was wonderful. It was a day full of expectations, we were all anxious before going on stage, but the applauses gave us the feeling of accomplishment after all the preparation”, he said.
There is no doubt that the energy and excitement that came from the stage reached the audience. For Brenda Silveira, journalist, cultural producer and member of the audience, “That’s Why I Sing” is one of the most Brazilian shows she has ever seen in 30 years of cultural production. “When the cast sang ‘O Homem Falou ’, Gonzaguinha went right into the vein. The theater exploded with joy”, she explained. Brenda says she left the show with a seed of hope in her heart, certain that a happy Brazil is indeed possible.
“If I could describe in one word to sum up tonight’s feeling it would be pride: pride in this project, the way the Tree of Life and the community of Jardim Teresópolis grew together. It’s precisely this partnership and complicity that we celebrate”, said Fernão Silveira, FCA's Director of Corporate Communication and Sustainability for Latin America. According to Luciana Costa, FCA Sustainability Coordinator for Latin America, “the show was a day of joy and celebration, with our families and the community of Jardim Teresópolis. We were transformed”.
See some key moments of the show in the video below: