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VIDEO: Our "IT'S EASY!" Cast delivered a RECORD-BREAKING 1,103 Letters of Peer Support to "Robert" IN PERSON at a special surprise curtain call event on October 7th!
From 350+ submissions, the professional cast of 28 kids and 17 adults has been selected!
Music Director Stephen Ferri accompanied auditioners at the piano!
Director January Akselrad is the first to see our NEW show poster in the marquee!
"Celebrate Irvington Day" on June 18th showcased 7 songs from "It's Easy!" and 13 young performers! Some have joined our professional cast!
Fun PR Image for "It's Easy!"
Be Friend Strong! Come to the show & get a wristband!
The first "IT'S EASY!" read-through with the full cast of 29 "middle school" and 17 adult actors led by Director, January Akselrad
THE ENTIRE CAST, 1st Read-Through! Every actor matters, so we hold pics of any absentees. Sophie Sabin holds a pic of our Be-A-Friend Project Youth who will be honored at our October 7th show!
A clump of adorable boys at rehearsal! heeeeeeeyyyy!
Production Manager, Jessica Pecharsky, instructs Aidan Duver (JED, victim) and Adam Cabo (VINNY, bully) in stage fighting!
All 29 Youth Cast actors, ALL POSING IN CHARACTER! :)
The Friend Strong basketball teammates at "Goodwin Middle School" running their lines.
JOE BARROS, CHOREOGRAPHER, teaching steps to "Look The Other Way."
And here is a clump of adorable girls at rehearsal! Heeeeyyyyyy girls!
A whole lot of cuteness in Allie Puerto and Daniel Simpson, both play Drama Club Kids at "Goodwin Middle School."
Two principals! Brian Cedric Jones plays "Mr. A," the custodian with a futuristic app, and Alex Danilov plays "Ricky."
Shiv Pai (SWING) and Ariel Pennington-Reyes (JOY MONTGOMERY) strike a pose of friendship!
The national Be-A-Friend Project carries off-stage the "speak up, reach out and be-a-friend" message of "It's Easy!" and collaborates on this 2017 production!
The Be-A-Friend Project has delivered over 3,500 letters of peer support to severely bullied youths.
Thanks to FRIEND STRONG AMBASSADORS like these students and educators in Texas!
Be-A-Friend AMBASSADORS rockin' the kindness and collecting letters!
"Friend Mail" helps bullied kids like Project Youth Drew get the peer support they need to STAY STRONG!
UNIFY Against Bullying in MA gave Co-Producer Jennifer Young a grant to keep growing the Be-A-Friend Project!
By the way, the heart-hands on all our marketing material belong to our adorable "heart-hands" model, Krissy!!
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ABOUT THE SHOW...
The future is always changing...
A NEW family musical about the power of friendship, what to do about bullying, and how, in every moment, the choices we make can change the future and the lives of others.
Created especially for grades 4-8, the show 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 one unwitting bully how what they say and do changes the course of their futures and the lives of others… is it too late to change the heartbreaking fate of another bullied classmate?
National Youth Arts Awards Nominations
"OUTSTANDING NEW MUSICAL"
1st Professional Run
September 16 - October 8, 2017
Producer Music Director Choreography
Jennifer Young Stephen Ferri Joe Barros
Set Design Lighting Design Sound Design
Joe Egan Ryan Frame Larry Alexander
JENNIFER YOUNG & JANUARY AKSELRAD
MUSIC & LYRICS BY
"IT'S EASY!" will be available FOR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY THEATERS TO LICENSE after its 2017 production. YAY!
Get on our PRE-RELEASE LIST AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT!
2017 "IT'S EASY!" FULL CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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of this poster
SEEKING KIDS TO WRITE LETTERS OF SUPPORT!
Kids with big hearts who like to write or draw can make a difference in the lives of kids who are being bullied. Help us make our deliveries of "Friend Mail" bigger and bigger!
A little show history...
Trailer of 2015 workshop production with Riverdale Rising Stars JR Theater Program kids!
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.
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!