“Dreams Don’t Die” Project

Perhaps the main theme of Stephen Sondheim’s MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, the next main stage show in our season, is to not let go of your dreams and passions. The show traces, in reverse order, how a successful songwriting  team is torn apart as the composer compromises his talents and ideals to “get ahead.” Chasing happiness through riches and fame leaves him an empty shell of his former self. Time itself is a major “character” in the show, and Sondheim weaves in the idea of the ‘ticking clock” throughout.


The title song of the show contains these lyrics:

‘’Dreams don’t die,
So keep an eye on your dream.
And before you know where you are,
There you are.
Time goes by
And hopes go dry,
But you still can try for your dream.”

In the spirit of the truism that “dreams don’t die,” FUSE is seeking people of all ages that would be willing to share the stories of pursuing their dreams. What are your dreams? How are you chasing them? What are some of the bumps in the road? Have your dreams changed? What successes have you achieved? 

We want to hear from you!
Send us an essay of no more than 500 words answering the questions above to info@fuseproductions.org. Attached or within the email.

We may be interested in sharing your essay, or parts of it. And we may ask if you would be willing to do a video interview. 

“Dream’s Don’t Die” Videos

Our “Dreams Don’t Die” Project begins with Juniper Village resident Finch Vandivier. From wanting to be Wonder Woman at age 4, to flying planes, to publishing her first book at 82, Finch’s story is an inspiration.

You can purchase her book here!

In the second interview of our “Dreams Don’t Die” Project, we talk with Rachel Kaneshiki, an undergrad student at Penn State. Rachel played “Joan” in our recent production of FUN HOME.

The third installment of our “Dreams Don’t Die” Project is an interview with Martha Traverse. She achieved her dream of being on Broadway, but then circumstances changed. Listen to her inspiring story.