The Weight of Words

THE WEIGHT OF WORDS: An Original Musical to Stop Bullying
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2011)

In partnership with the Broward Office of Prevention and Nova High School, this production toured in Broward County. It has been seen by over 70,000 people to date through its extensive touring of South Florida (including performances at Disney and national teachers conferences) and has been licensed to schools in Ohio, Kansas, New York and Las Vegas, where it was performed at State Thespian Conference.


If you are interested in licensing your own production of this show, please contact Lovewell’s Artistic Director, Carrie Gilchrist, at It comes complete with the following digital material: script with all music cues, music tracks for rehearsal and performance, graphic design files, vocal lead sheets and educational material to be taught in classrooms as well as a talk back prompter script for performers.


The Weight of Words puts a magnifying glass on the topic of bullying and its effects within a home, a school, a community, the United States and in the world. We hear about the issues from every angle- the ones being bullied, the bullies themselves, bystanders, parents, teachers, principals, community leaders and law makers.  “What will you do with the weight of your words?”


Purchase songs from The Weight of Words on iTunes.


Written and composed by the students and staff of the 2011 Nova High Lovewell Project in cooperation with the Broward Office of Prevention.


STUDENTS: Jody-Ann Baker, Angelica Baxter, Cody Brinson, Shanice Brown, Tiffany Brown, Britney Butler, Jasmine Dottin, Diamond Edwards, Jalisa Graham, Jeri-Anne Hinds, Carli Hooper, Sirena Johnson, Ricardo Layseca Carlin, Crystal Medina, Jessica Gross, Becca Montgomery, James Murray, Victoria Parnell, Kyle Peart, Michelle Pinargote, Darrya Priester, Nickeisha Redley, Francesca Rousseau, Giovanni Rubio, Paul Stephenson, Krysta Walsh, Novia Ward, Sierra Ware, Victoria Watson, Abigail Wilson, Uniquekwa Young


STAFF: Carrie Gilchrist (Director), Nils-Petter Ankarblom (Music Director), Marcus Davis (Choreographer), Marjorie Spangler, Nathan Tysen and David Spangler (additional creative staff), Nina Zak (Nova High Theatre Instructor), Teri Williams (Administrator), Cecilia Träff (design)


Watch the full 30 minute production of The Weight of Words here:


The Weight of Words Promo video:


Watch a performance of “Save Me” from The Weight of Words as performed at the New Works for the New Year annual concert:



Back to the List of Past Shows