GOOD NEWS Bulletin Board:
The Friend Strong Musical
The "IT'S EASY!" professional
10-show run at the
Irvington Town Hall Theater, NY
Sept.-Oct. 2017 wins
8 BROADWAY WORLD AWARDS!
2017 "IT'S EASY!" FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL PAGE FOR "IT'S EASY! THE FRIEND STRONG MUSICAL"
where the future is always changing... depending on what you do or say
"The show was outstanding! This was such a powerful learning experience for all involved!" Principal Chapnick, Main Street School, Irvington, NY
"This show should be viewed by students across the country! The dialogue it would inspire would go a long way to dealing with this growing problem." Retired NYC Vice Principal Brenda Naliboff
"Inspirational not only to the audiences that get to see it, but to the cast that performed it and the future casts that will perform it!"
"Gives young children the courage to stand up and speak out instead of hide... truly an inspiring and worthwhile show!" Sloane Hinkley, Pre-School Head Teacher, NY
A NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL about the power of friendship, what to do about bullying, and how the choices we make can change the future and the lives of others.
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN TO WIN AWARDS!
LICENSE THE SHOW and watch kids get FRIEND STRONG!
"Students will love the realistic portrayals of the issues they face every day... great to see a serious subject matter portrayed with both humor and sensitivity!"
Georgia DeFalco, Music & Theater Director, Dobbs Ferry, NY Middle and High School
A family musical created especially for middle school kids, "It's Easy!" takes place in one day in the life of 6th grade classmates at Goodwin Middle School where bullies make life miserable, bystanders stay quiet and victims are many. A frequent victim, 6th Grader Jed Travis, only wants to know if his life will get better. With help from a futuristic cell phone app, a wise custodian shows Jed and an unwitting bully how their every word and action changes the course of their futures and the lives of others… is it too late to change the heartbreaking fate of another bullied classmate? Not if Jed Travis can find the courage to be an Upstander!
25 MIDDLE SCHOOL
GIRLS & BOYS
24 MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS & BOYS, AND 10 ADULTS (OR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS)
KIDS IN THE CAST SAY...
"The world is a brighter place and we are all better people for working on this show… we all feel empowered to be the change that we want to see."
Sawyer Ploski (Kenny)
"Before the show I couldn’t really tell the difference of bullying and what was joking around. Now I can identify when it is bullying or not."
Maggie Lockwood (Monica)
"Lately I’m feeling that I can speak up for myself and others. I always tried to make a difference but now it’s coming more naturally."
Brielle Withers (Stacey)
"The show has such a powerful message that I will never forget and that I will carry with me for life… taught me to always be proud of who I am."
Mika Wurf (Fatima)
READ WHAT BROADWAY WORLD HAD TO SAY!
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IT'S EASY TO PAIR THE SHOW WITH THIS NATIONAL ANTI-BULLYING PROJECT IN YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY!
Make a difference in the lives of kids who are recovering from bullying!
A little show history...
"IT'S EASY!" WORKSHOP DEBUT IN 2015 EARNED NOMINATIONS FROM THE
NATIONAL YOUTH ARTS AWARDS
"OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL" and "OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE"
Trailer of 2015 workshop production with Riverdale Rising Stars JR Theater Program kids!
Before "IT'S EASY!", there was "The Bully & The Bystanders" introduced in 2013 as part of our See The Wish DRAMATERIALS line of classroom plays that teach! This play with music, a popular choice among teachers, was the impetus for the full-length "It's Easy!" and comes with 3 songs including "Speak Up, Reach Out" which was made into a song video under the direction of amazing summer interns, Ben Weiss and Megan Litt!
2015 KickStarter Campaign video features young actors from the orginal cast, Co-Producer Jennifer Young and Director January Akselrad raising awareness about bullying, as well as funds to record a cast album.