'Letters to Daddy' Scheduled to Perform at Bethel Woods
August 2012, from the archives
New Windsor, NY: Letters to Daddy - the peer-to-peer original musical stage production that teaches life-lessons to kids - announced that it will be performing at the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the not-for-profit cultural center located at the site of the iconic 1969 Woodstock festival.
The performance will take place at 4 p.m. on August 30, 2012.
Letters to Daddy empowers children to resolve challenging issues by building character, engaging children through peer-to-peer influence and establishing higher moral and ethical standards. It’s a transformational program that opens doors to understanding through inspirational songs and collaboration. Audiences are captivated as Caroline Turner’s awful day magically turns into an awesome day, while the only thing that changes is her perspective.
The cast is made up entirely of children who bring their own truths to the surface through their characters on stage for the benefit of the audience. Letters to Daddy is produced by 4eProductions, whose mission is to “enlighten, empower and enrich everyone.
Some cast members (ages 10 - 14) have admitted that they can relate to bullying off stage as well. Emily Rahl - a 13-year-old Korean-American - plays an adopted Korean girl who is being bullied for being different. “In real life, I was adopted when I was 7-months-old and have been judged for looking different, just like my character experiences in the show,” said Rahl. “Being part of this musical has taught me how to respond to offensive comments and help other people realize that our differences are what make us special.”
William Rodman, co-creator and Executive Producer of Letters to Daddy, said the production’s intent is to draw attention to how children interact with each other. “By experiencing this musical, kids gain a deeper understanding of how their actions impact others,” said Rodman. “The show delivers this message through a proactive, solution-based program that provides children tools for learning and examples of how to treat one another.” In addition to the musical production, Letters to Daddy includes a workbook of classroom activities that satisfy Common Core State Standards. “It is our goal to create a lasting effect through these follow-up activities, which really resonate with our audiences.” Rodman added. “They become open to discussing their own experiences and develop empathy, sympathy and compassion for their peers.”
The cost of tickets for Letters to Daddy is $10, which includes a pass to the Bethel Woods Museum. To purchase tickets visit the website .
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About : Letters to Daddy – The Musical Key to Bully-Free, is an original, musical production that offers a proactive, theatrical approach to empowering children and making us all aware that there is more to a person's character than what we see on the outside. The program is sponsored by The Walter & Edward Luedke Foundation, a New York State approved 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Corporation that is committed to making a difference by supporting youth and community initiatives. *The cast will consist of the Orange County kids that have been touring the show in Orange County. Olivia Nicholson will replace Maddy Odell as Ariana - Photos by Daryl Ramsey From M & R Studio and Productions in Middletown