Schools in Western NY can’t get enough of our Elementary Character Education Talk Show for students. After a successful first year of teaching social skills, The Rise Up! Team is back with another season of shows and a brand new team. We are so honored to have new hosts Dash & Joy (played by Buffalo Actors Chris Barbis and Amanda Funiciello) alongside our new stage manager Honey Bitterton (played by Constance Long). Contact Joanna Thompson, WNY Regional Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to bring all the fun and learning to your school or community group in the Buffalo area.
It’s time to debut another new song – CHECK OUT our new MUSIC VIDEO and hear writers Shawn Forster and Dani Ryan sing “Enough is Enough” from WEIRD! The Musical!!
WEIRD! The Musical is getting ready to launch. Here is a First Listen to a sample of 5 songs from the show with Storyboard. These are demo versions featuring one of the writers, Shawn Forster, on vocals.
WEIRD! The Musical is getting ready to launch. Here is the First Listen of “Morning Routine” with Storyboard. This is a demo version featuring one of the writers, Shawn Forster on vocals.
Check out all the fun we had recording the music for Weird! The Musical at Soul Haven Studios in Virginia Beach. Video produced by Andrea Mariani @ Tiny Dancer Designs
Peaceful School Production is so excited to have launched a second touring cast for Rise Up! Meet Buffalo actors Andy Rich, Mary Pat Bielecki & Chris Barbis who, since January 2018, have been bringing hosts Sonny & Joy and stage manager Dash to life for school audiences in the Western NY area.
“The Peaceful Schools production of my play is creative, engaging, lively, and just plain fun! The actors have brought so much life to the characters, honoring both the humor and the heart of the story, and Shawn Forster’s direction is fantastic.” “Peaceful Schools’ production, coupled with their activities and handouts, will no doubt enhance any school’s bullying prevention programming.” – Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Playwright of Have You Filled A Bucket Today? The Play
by ANNA WALTERS – Reporter In the touring production of “Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The Play,” school audiences learn about bucket filling through the eyes of a fourth-grade student named Trey. The play is written by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead and is based on the award-winning children’s books by Carol McCloud. From characters, such as Professor Smarty Pants III and the Bucket Filling Fairy, the production combines humor with a positive concept. “It teaches kids that everyone has an invisible bucket inside themselves,” said artistic director Shawn Forster. Read the rest of the article on their website!
“You did a great job. The students connected with the characters and the use of humor always reaches students.” -6th grade teacher, New Hartford Central School District “Could not have been a better match, and the kids are so excited about being bucket fillers. It’s the positive message – instead of the anti-bullying message – because kids know how to treat one another vs. just saying we have a no bullying school.” -Principal, Mexico Central School District “It’s great to have the play to reference when complimenting students on good behavior.” -Teacher, New Hartford Central School District “Fabulous show – …Read More
Students at Granby Elementary School have made friends with a BFF – a Bucket Filling Fairy. A BFF and a color cast of characters made a stop at the school last week to perform the character-building play ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today.’ The play is based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning book Have You Filled a Bucket Today, which introduces young readers to the concepts of bucket-filling and bucket-dipping. The play, like the book, is a modern twist to the golden rule – Treat others the way you want to be treated, using the idea of invisible buckets to reinforce …Read More