We are occasionally re-printing articles from the past fifty years of Studies in Education that we believe are as relevant today as when initially published. This article by Teresa Maebori originally appeared in the Fall, 1985 issue and describes the background and creation of the Germantown Friends School-Home of the Merciful Saviour musical play. It’s a moving story, as is the epilogue printed at the end. In 2012 GFS celebrated both the thirtieth year of the GFS-HMS musical play and the completion of Teresa’s thirty-sixth and final year as a teacher in the GFS lower school.
Wiping tears from my eyes as the song concluded, I too wondered, “How Could This Happen?” We were in the midst of a rehearsal for a musical play involving twenty Germantown Friends School third-fourth graders and twenty cerebral-palsy students from the Home of the Merciful Savior. As we sang the lyrics, acted out the words, and then joined hands to show our unity and affection for one another, a lump in my throat grew.