They played songs from Dumpster Diver the Musical at their wedding!
Julian and Heather play songs at their wedding
Years ago, after I had written the first draft and a few of the songs for Dumpster Diver the Musical, I received an email from Julian. He wrote that he’d found the musical online and as a college student, he had dumpster dived frequently in order to forage for food and other items. It enabled him to save money throughout his college years. He said that the music and the story of dumpster diver resonated with him, and that he would send a donation at some point.
I replied to his email and thanked him for reaching out to me, for his story, and for his encouraging words. A few weeks later, he emailed me to say he had made a donation, and to check my PayPal account. I did. He had made a donation of $1,000 (one thousand) dollars. I was happily surprised and thanked him, in a reply email. I also requested his address so I could send him a few CD’s of songs from “Dumpster Diver the Musical, and T-shirts, too.
When he replied with his address, he said he was getting married and asked if he could play a song or two from “Dumpster Diver the Musical” at his wedding. LOL. Sure. 😀 I was very happy. I agreed, and said, that’d be awesome. I sent him the song lyrics/chords, and said I’d love to see pictures.
A few months later, I receive an email, with pictures of him and his lovely wife, and amazing friends, at his wedding in Canada, and them singing and acting out songs to the musical. Seeing the pictures, I had a big smile on my face and tears in my eyes. It was that moving. That was an awesome feeling. Some songs and a story that I’d written about kids who dumpster dive their way across a post-apocalyptic America in a world where dumpster diving is illegal. And this guy and his new bride and his friends are singing them at their wedding. How awesome is that? It’s very awesome! 😀
Here are the photos that Julian sent. The first photo is him and Heather dumpster diving wine from a dumpster. This may have been a “tester” bottle of wine where they let visitors sample a wine, then re-cork it or re-cap it and then toss it, or it could have been an unopened bottle of wine. Either way, it’s wine. The rest of the photos are from their wedding. 😀 😀 😀
Julian dumpsters a bottle of red wine and hands it to Heather.
Julian and Heather just married.
Julian and friends sing “I feel aliver” at his wedding. 😀
At their wedding, Julian and Heather and their friends act out a song from Dumpster Diver the Musical. I love this picture. 😀
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Dumpster Diver the Musical™
follow your dreams, no matter how unconventional
Kris Kemp (writer – book/score)