Promotional art for Life Doesn't Frighten Me: I Am Fearless Royalty

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: I Am Fearless Royalty

Come along on a one-of-a-kind interactive adventure celebrating every child’s unique superpowers!
  • February 3 - 18, 2024
  • Starlight Theater at MYArts

Paige Hernandez

With Music by
Kris Funn

Based on
“Life Doesn’t Frighten Me” by Dr. Maya Angelou from the book And Still I Rise

Used with permission of
Caged Bird Legacy, LLC

approximately 60 minutes |  For ages + 5 and up

Themes: Courage, Strength and Imagination

Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: I Am Fearless Royalty

“Shadows on the wall Noises down the hall Life doesn’t frighten me at all.” So begins Maya Angelou’s inspiring poem and the opening of this original play by multi-disciplinary hip-hop artist Paige Hernandez. Celebrate every child’s unique strength and courage in this upbeat, interactive, musical adventure reminding us all that we are indeed fearless royalty!

Directed and Choreographed by Paige Hernandez

Want to enhance your theater experience?

Our enrichment guide provides additional learning, activities and resources. Filled with conversation starters and resources galore, this guide can be utilized to prepare young audience members for the show, introduce them to the theater, encourage them to reflect on their experience, engage them in an activity, and enrich their overall experience with the play.

Lead sponsor:
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.

Show Times

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Meet The Cast and Creative Team!

Lakeetha Blakeney
Lakeetha Blakeney

Lakeetha is an actress, playwright, director, and author from Concord North Carolina. She received her BA in Theatre and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Her debut children’s book Princess Fearless, adapted into a stage play of the same name made its Midwestern debut this past September.

Ron Lee McGill
Ron Lee McGill

Ron is an Actor, Writer, Musician, Comic, and Graphic Artist born and raised in Durham, NC. Ron is a graduate of Hillside High School’s Theater program with Mr. Wendell Tabb and earned his BA in Media Studies and Production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ron’s stage and television credits include Meals on Wheels, Grey’s Anatomy, Fatal Attraction, and GRIMMZ Hip-Hop Fairytales (currently touring nationally).

Leo Merrick
Leo Merrick

Leo is a New York-based actor, director, and writer specializing in Shakespeare and new works. He trained at Northwestern University and the British American Drama Academy. His recent theatrical credits include playing Ferdinand in The Tempest (Arachne Theater) and directing Macbeth at The Flea Theater in New York. He is a founding member of the sketch comedy group Pre-Haste Authority. He is honored and excited to make his CTM premiere.

Lydia Williamson
Lydia Williamson

Lydia, raised in Wadesboro, North Carolina, has had the pleasure of debuting her professional career at Cape Fear Regional Theater as “Grace” in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson. She’s then been thrilled to begin her children’s theatre experience as “Peter” in Snowy Day and Other Stories at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Now, is extremely grateful to grace 1 of 4 stages premiering Life Doesn’t Frighten Me during her 10 year professional career anniversary.


Sensory Kits are available at all performances, including noise reducing headphones. (Thanks to CI Pediatric Therapy Center!)

There is a reduced price for children aged 7 and under.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment of the Arts.