2017-09-13 / Front Page

‘Your Turn, A Superhero Musical’ Performed By Garden Players Musical Theater Program For Kids

The 8th Grade Graduating Class of Garden Players (L. to r., standing); Stella DiCicco, Grace Marks, Austin LoPinto, Jaden Cosme, Kristen Romanelli, Christopher Gorcos, Arden Fluehr, Brianna Garrison, (seated); Lauren Solla, Samuel Torres, Juan Arturo Trillo, Sophia LoPinto, Arden Arabian, Sara Lydon and Kaitlyn Chesleigh.

The 8th Grade Graduating Class of Garden Players (L. to r., standing); Stella DiCicco, Grace Marks, Austin LoPinto, Jaden Cosme, Kristen Romanelli, Christopher Gorcos, Arden Fluehr, Brianna Garrison, (seated); Lauren Solla, Samuel Torres, Juan Arturo Trillo, Sophia LoPinto, Arden Arabian, Sara Lydon and Kaitlyn Chesleigh. Every year the Forest Hills-based children’s theater group, Garden Players puts on an original musical.

For the past eight years, I have been honored and Superheroes: (L. to r., front row); Ellis Hemmerdinger, Arden Fluehr, Alexa Chu, Alexandra Rudman, Samantha Oest (back row); Lauren, Dylan, Leah, Stella and Mehdi.

Superheroes: (L. to r., front row); Ellis Hemmerdinger, Arden Fluehr, Alexa Chu, Alexandra Rudman, Samantha Oest (back row); Lauren, Dylan, Leah, Stella and Mehdi. blessed to be a part of this amazing theater group.  Garden Players became, in many ways, my second family and the confidence and public speaking skills I learned in class will always serve me well.

On May 20 and 21, I played a scientist in “Your Turn, A Superhero Musical,” at the Forest Hills Community House. The story was developed and written by Director and lead teacher, Betina Hershey, with innovative music written by Music Director Sunny Knable.  The score was brought to life by a live band at each of the four performances.

Superhero Hotline Phone Operators: (L. to r.); Brianna Garrison and Kaitlyn Chesleigh

Superhero Hotline Phone Operators: (L. to r.); Brianna Garrison and Kaitlyn Chesleigh Even though the musical was light and funny, there Sidekicks Want To Help: (L. to r.); Kylie, Grace, Kaela, Amelia, Ines, Jasmine and Aliyah.

Sidekicks Want To Help: (L. to r.); Kylie, Grace, Kaela, Amelia, Ines, Jasmine and Aliyah. was a deeper, more powerful message that emerged as the musical unfolded.  To prevent an iceberg in Antarctica from melting and destroying the world as we know it, people turn to the superheroes to save the day.

Playbill.Playbill. However, the superheroes were tired of rescuing the people who didn’t appreciate them and didn’t want to come to the rescue yet again. In a moment of self-realization, people discover that if they work together, they can rescue themselves.

Overall, “Your Turn” was a great family show for people of all ages.

Save Our Ice - A Penguin Asking For Help: Lydian.
Save Our Ice - A Penguin Asking For Help: Lydian. The process of putting on a show is an incredible Penguins: Seriana and Rising Stars.

Penguins: Seriana and Rising Stars. experience – you learn about teamwork and responsibility while having a blast. The end result is a spectacular show enjoyed by hundreds of people.  Even though I have officially graduated from Garden Players this year, I, like many alums before me, plan on coming back to help with next year’s Garden Players show. I can’t wait to see what Betina and Sunny create next!

—Stella DiCicco, 8th Grade, Baccalaureate School For Global Education & Garden Players Graduate

Registration info can be found at www.gardenplayers.com
Musical theater classes for kids, and a free youth community choir



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