Stanley Isaacs Beacon to Broadway Goes to Broadway
This year the students and NYJL volunteers of Beacon to Broadway, a part of the Stanley Isaacs Community committee, were able to attend two Broadway shows. The Beacon to Broadway committee which uses drama, dance, art and music to inspire young boys and girls to express themselves as individuals is one of two programs within Stanley Isaacs, the other being Artistic Journeys.
In December, both Stanley Isaacs committees (Artistic Journeys and Beacon to Broadway) took a field trip to Radio City Music Hall to see the famous Rockettes in the Christmas Spectacular. Some of the children in attendance had never seen a live performance before and certainly not one that combines acting, dancing, singing, and 3D animation (not to mention a camel!) all in one!
In early February, Beacon to Broadway took a second trip, this time taking students to see the new Broadway musical, School of Rock, which is based on the hit 2003 film and features new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber. Thanks to a B2B committee volunteer, Jen Butler, the children received a great surprise when they found out they were going to participate in a meet and greet with some cast members.
After the show was over and the crew reset the stage for the next day, Carly Gendell and Shahadi Wright Joseph (two of the child actors playing Marcy and Madison, respectively) came out to speak with the children and volunteers, take photos, and sign autographs for the group.
The students of Beacon to Broadway are now preparing for their own show, “Annie Kids” on Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m. This free performance will be held at PS 198 (1700 3rd Avenue) and all NYJL volunteers are invited to attend – we hope you can join us!