I've worked for grocery stores in some capacity most of my adult life. From stocking shelves to purchasing and marketing, the world of grocery retail is something I've always had a passion for. That said, I'm not sure I ever had enough passion to want to write a musical about a grocery giant, but that's exactly what's happened at Harrison School of the Arts in Florida. These teens just love Publix that much. Want to take a look?
Titled "When You Dream," this jam-packed show of singing and dancing is centered around George Jenkins — the founder of Publix grocery stores. It's nothing short of a love letter. Jenkins was born in 1907 and died in 1996, and in honor of the philanthropy and legacy he left behind (1,100 grocery stores), the Harrison School for the Arts turned their admiration for his work into a musical stage performance.
The performance was originally held for the local Chamber of Commerce on January 26 and will have a repeat performance on April 7 (if you happen to be in Miami and love Publix as much as they do!).
Being someone who lives in the northern Midwest and isn't blessed to be near a Publix, I don't feel the same love for the stores in my area. That said, the idea of singing as I fill my cart while walking through the aisles does sound intriguing and like a good way to make the experience more fun. Surely I can't acquire any more weird looks than I do when I ask for vegan cheese in Wisconsin.
What's your favorite grocery store?