Join us on Saturday, May 2nd at 2:00pm for a very special performance of The Bully. All tickets $14.00.
The Bully Comes to the Ivoryton Playhouse!
Ivoryton – Bullies are coming to the Ivoryton Playhouse! They’re going to teach more than 1,200 students a lesson that is bound to be an enjoyable one as the Ivoryton Playhouse stages a production of The Bully, a musical that crosses live theatre with an important social message.
The Bully, an Off Broadway musical written for elementary school-aged children, addresses the sensitive issue of mean-spirited behavior in a way that captivates and influences kids, speaking to them on their own terms about a subject that truly matters. The Ivoryton Playhouse has scheduled an educational program for schools from April 27 to May 1, and a public performance on May 2 at 2pm.
The Bully tells the story of Lenny, the smartest kid at Wilson Middle School and Steve, the school bully. Lenny makes fun of Steve in math class and Steve bullies Lenny in gym class, on the bus, at lunch…well you get the idea! One day a bus mix-up leaves the two boys stranded at the Weltbottom School for Young Adults where they both get picked on for being the “new kids” by the seemingly sweet Meg and her posse. Unable to escape secretly, Lenny and Steve stand up to Meg, who realizes that she doesn’t have any real friends, just kids who are scared of her. She helps the boys get back to Wilson Middle School, where Lenny, Steve and Meg cheer Lenny on as he climbs the rope in gym class.
The musical is brought to life with comedy, dance and upbeat songs with titles such as “Gym Class is Evil,” “Call Me a Bully,” “Meg’s World Reprise” and “I’ve Had As Much of Meg As I Can Take.” Music and lyrics were written by John Gregor and the script was written by David L. Williams. The Ivoryton Playhouse production is directed by Dan Nischan and musical directed by Steven Azzaro, and the cast includes Erik Bloomquist, Morgan Morse, Elizabeth Swan, Amy Forbes, Amy Buckley and Michael Hotkowski.
More than 1,200 fifth and sixth grade students from Middlesex County schools will attend the educational production of The Bully at six performances from April 27 to May 1. The performances have been funded by the Council of Business Partners Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC), Essex Community Fund and the Bauman Family Foundation. The Council of Business Partners Fund at CFMC has been providing support for school-based anti-bullying programs since 2009.
One public performance will be held on May 2 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14. The Bully is appropriate for ages 7 to 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (860) 767-7318 or visit the Ivoryton Playhouse website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.
Members of the press are welcome for any performance. Please call ahead for schedule and reservations.
The Council of Business Partners Fund at the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, The Bauman Family Foundation and the Essex Community Foundation have provided generous funding to support this production.