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Weird! The Musical Reviews are in!

We have received wonderful feedback from the First Official Touring Production of Weird! The Musical. Take a look what Syracuse, NY area school staff are saying about our show. “Such a well-written musical with a great message. Our students were highly engaged, some even moved to tears!!! The actors were amazing and you can tell they really believe in what they are performing.” – Administrator, Webster Elementary “OUTSTANDING!!! The performances, character development, representation was spot on! The musical style of this show made it engaging for the kids in terms of pace and attention capturing. Set was excellent! Message wasRead More

Rise Up! WNY is back on Tour for a second year!

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 joannat@peacefulschools.com to bring all the fun and learning to your school or community group in the Buffalo area.  

VIDEO: First Listen – Sampler of songs from Weird!

  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.

VIDEO: First Listen to the opening of Weird!

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.

Meet the new Rise Up! Buffalo, NY touring cast

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.

Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? – Review by Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

“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

‘Fill your bucket,’ Peaceful Schools teaches social skills

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!

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