Modern Families: The Sears Family

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This June, join the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus for a poignant, funny, and moving tribute to family, in all its various forms, inspired by our very own chorus members!

With Modern Families, PGMC presents its most personal concert of the season, from songs celebrating the feeling of oneness that familial ties can bring (“Family” from Dreamgirls, “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge), to a commissioned work, That Summer: A Fantasia on Family, written just for PGMC, that takes the audience on a tumultuous journey toward self-love and acceptance.

a child that finds comfort with their parents enough to let them know something private and personal, that shouldn’t be punished or discouraged

For our commissioned piece and beyond, the chorus takes inspiration from the very real “modern families” of our members. Dashiell “Dash” Sears, not only a singer in the chorus but also a former collegiate gymnast, never considered his family different. “What? My family was weird? I wouldn’t have known unless other people told me.”
The third of four children from mother Melody and father Roger, Dashiell told us that his family “has a special blend of individuals on the autism spectrum,” and with Downs Syndrome. “We are a living example of a modern family that embraces the challenges and success, in our own special ways, of living with special needs,” he said.

“I can assure you that there wasn’t anything wildly different about growing up in my family,” he told us, “just a willingness to be patient, consistent, and extremely open minded and honest.”
How did his family react when Dashiell came out, then? “I don’t think my parents actually cared that I was gay,” he noted. “They were more surprised that I felt that I had to wait or I couldn’t tell them. Some things warrant an appropriate emotional response, but a child that finds comfort with their parents enough to let them know something private and personal, that shouldn’t be punished or discouraged.”

Come see Dashiell, and so many other chorus members–each with their unique stories–sing at the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus’s concert, Modern Families, taking place at the Prince Music Theater at 1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, June 3-4, 2016.
Tickets are now available online and in person at the Prince Box Office, located at 1412 Chestnut Street.

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