Bullying in our schools has become a nationwide epidemic and a topic of discussion for all Boards of Education.
STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT is addressing this frightening issue with a new PSA musical, “HER SONG”. The musical will highlight the severity of bullying while it educates and entertains our audience. A primary goal is to educate adults on what to look for: Is your child being bullied? Could your child be the bully? What do I do? Who do I go to?
The group has been rehearsing once a week since Jan 22. At the first rehearsal (with a cast of 30) Colin Sheehan asked “How many of you have been bullied”? 28 raised their hands. Two had to change schools, and one of the adults in the cast still has scars from being bullied in 6th grade and having to change schools! One student actor shared:
“As I stepped into the audition I felt an immediate connection with all the other kids and adults around me. I felt that we were all here for the same reason- to help change lives of other people. I too was a victim of a bullying, and just to do this show is an amazing way for me to express myself and my feelings towards this epidemic. Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will inspire others. I would like to thank my family for their continuous support, Michelle Natalino, Nick Fradiani Sr., Colin Sheehan and most importantly Jill Nesi. Music is such a huge outlet for kids to express themselves and be who they are! “Stay strong, because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but won’t rain forever”
Another participant added:
“We’re all in this together, and using our pain or misunderstanding to hurt others is not the answer. This life is more fun when we got through it side by side. Everyone has been bullied, and at times, been the bully. I had to leave the public school when I was in 6th grade because of bullying. Being a part of HER SONG has been very special. Watching these young kids share their experiences and create a space for everyone to exist in freely is wonderful. Bullying is scarier than ever, especially in this social media age. People don’t need to hurt the way they do and I want to be a part of the solution, or at least the conversation.”
PRODUCER: JILL NESI – 4 time Emmy Nominated Songwriter
DIRECTOR: COLIN SHEEHAN – Events, Benefits, & Theatre Producer/Director
Les Miserables, “The Wendy Williams Show”, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”, R Family Vacations & Seaview Productions
MUSIC COMPOSED BY: JILL NESI & NICK FRADIANI SR.
CHOREOGRAPHER: MICHELLE NATALINO
Thursday May 11th 10:00am & 12:30pm
Friday May 12th 10:00am & 12:30pm
Public performances – tickets $15 all ages:
Saturday May 13th 11:00am & 2:00pm
Sunday May 14th 7:00pm
For more information about these shows at the Ivoryton Playhouse, follow this link.
If you would like to know more information or become involved in Stand Up and Speak Out please email firstname.lastname@example.org