A new show from the creators of Class Dismissed. It’s a bright spring
day when Peg watches as Nellie is bullied on the playground.
Wondering about how Nellie feels, Peg is launched into a wonderland
of fantastical folks who teach her that you don’t stand by—you stand
up! Stand Up! Stand Out! features live actors, puppets, and a
toe-tapping original score.
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For further information & booking, please contact Ellen
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'Stand Up! Stand Out!"
reaches a younger audience to combat bullyingBy Sue Wahlert
Bullying is universal and affects at least “1 in 3 students”
in their lifetime, according to Stopbullying.gov. “Stand Up!
Stand Out! The Bullying Project,” an original musical by Jeffrey
Sanzel and Douglas Quattrock of Theater Three in Port Jefferson,
is an informative and enlightening touring production developed
specifically for Kindergarteners through Fourth Graders.
A culmination of over six years of intense work, this play is a
necessary teaching tool in helping children to identify and
battle the wrath of bullying. Jacqueline M. Hughes, who plays
the pivotal character Peg said, “If I had this in elementary
school it would have helped me.” That appeared to be the
sentiment of many of the audience members who previewed the
world premiere on Tuesday February 4th.Sanzel, the writer
and director of “Stand Up! Stand Out!,” has created a program
that presents “specific solutions for students, using live
theater.” The creator’s enthusiasm has evolved into a 30 minute
journey of a young girl, Peg, who is caught between the bully,
Olivia, played by Amanda Geraci and the victim, Nellie played by
Caitlin Nofi. The accompanying music by Quattrock and
choreography by Sari Feldman will have the students and teachers
leaving with a song in their hearts and new information on their
minds.This touring production adds to the list of other
educational shows created by Sanzel and Quattrock which include;
“Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project” for grades five through
eight, “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust’ for grades six
through twelve and “In My Shoes” for grades two through six.
“They offer a diversity of things to meet kids needs,” says Dr.
Allyson Carlson, psychologist at Port Jefferson’s Edna Louise
Spear Elementary School. “Class Dismissed: The Bullying Project”
has visited their school at least two times. “This is an
opportunity to validate that what they (students) are feeling is
normal,” explains Carlson. According to Sanzel, the play
demonstrates the “empowerment of the bystander”which not only
includes the girls but also the boys in the class - Jayden
played by James D. Schultz and Tyler played by Bobby Montaniz.
The superb character development allows the focus to be on “the
person who can make the change” in a bullying situation.
When asked, all five of the actors in the play said that they
had been bullied at least one time in their life. You can see
evidence of this through the actors’ dedication as they become
children again and channel some of the pain felt when they were
bullied. Montaniz said, “this is a great age to begin before
students become cemented in roles as older kids.The
substance of the play is told through the use of childhood
stories such as, “The Three Little Pigs,” “Alice in Wonderland,”
“Cinderella” and “The Wizard of OZ.” Each of these tales
includes bullies, which helps Peg to untangle her conflicted
feelings. Janet Kanowsky, a retired teacher from Longwood
School District said, “ I applaud what they did. It is simple
and clear and gives solutions on how you can act.”Integrated
into each musical number is a lesson which helps students
clearly identify different types of bullying; Name calling and
teasing, threatening, social isolation and physical bullying.
The large puppets used are designed and executed by
Tazukie Fearon. They include Leo the bus driver, Mrs. Cotton the
teacher, Mom, Dad and the dream doll, and are used to guide Peg
through the journey of figuring out that she can help Nellie.
Fearon says, “You don’t see Peg stand up to the bully. Instead,
she is helping the victim. It takes the punch out of bullying.”
Following the conclusion of the play there is a question and
answer session with the creators and the cast. Sanzel feels this
a valuable tool that, “allows teachers to see who might be
having some issues dealing with bullying that they might not be
aware of.” In addition, there is an online study guide for
teachers, which includes discussion questions and a bibliography
of books related to bullying. Sanzel and Quattrock have
created an empowering tool, which enables students to
effectively deal with bullying. Students will love the well
thought out and entertaining performance of “Stand Up, Stand
Out!” Educators, PTA and the general public will have a second
opportunity to preview the play on May 13 at 11 am and again at
7 pm at Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson on the Main
Stage. A question-and-answer period will follow this free event.
For more information, call 928-9100 or visit theatrethree.com.
“Stand Up! Stand Out! The Bulying Project” is made possible
by funds provided by the Port Jefferson Lions Club and through
the office of Senator Kenneth P. LaValle and is BOCES affiliated
for Nassau and Suffolk. Educators can have this play come to
their schools by contacting Theatre Three’s Ellen Michelmore at
(631) 928-2624 or e-mail at
troupe touts anti-bullying message
Originally published: March 7, 2014 9:14 AMUpdated: March 7, 2014 1:33
PMBy STEVE PARKS email@example.comYou
wouldn't think a show about bullying would open with a game of
patty-cake. But the bully and the girl she has targeted are both
elementary students in Theatre Three's latest play for Long
Island schools.When it comes to bullying, it's never too
early to reach schoolchildren. That's the theory behind "Stand
Up! Stand Out! The Bullying Project," the puppet-and-people show
aimed at kindergartners through fourth-graders."The idea
is to get to them before bullying starts," says Jeffrey Sanzel,
who has written 120 children's shows for Theatre Three,
including four productions that have toured Long Island and the
Northeast. Three shows, including the latest effort, are offered
to Long Island school districts.One show, "Class Dismissed:
The Bullying Project," which debuted in 2007, targets fifth-
through eighth-graders. The sequel is intended to "reach kids
before patterns are established," said Douglas Quattrock,
Theatre Three's director of development, whose specialty is
composing music for children's theater. Quattrock recalls being
bullied when his family moved from Queens to Selden.
"When I was growing up in the city, I had three older brothers,
so no one picked on me," Quattrock said. "We moved out here when
I was 16 and there were no big brothers to protect me. I'd
transferred to a new school, and when you're in theater, people
make certain assumptions. Mostly, it was a feeling of being left
out."That's one of the key messages in "Stand Up! Stand
Out!," according to Sanzel, who worked on the latest "Bullying
Project" for six years before its showcase last month on Theatre
Three's main stage in Port Jefferson."I admit to being
on both sides of the bullying coin," said Sanzel, who grew up in
suburban Rochester and lives in Sound Beach. In his new play,
bullying is more than physical threats and intimidation. It's
also name-calling and social isolation.Educational and
theatricalThe company has a 30-year history in
educational theater, beginning with "And These, Our Friends," an
anti-DWI program for grades seven through 12. It toured for 20
years before going on hiatus."From the Fires: Voices of
the Holocaust" premiered in 1996 and has been performed more
than 500 times in schools, libraries, churches and synagogues
from Toronto to Washington.The two "Bullying Projects," with
lyrics by Sanzel to Quattrock's music, round out Theatre Three's
touring curriculum. "These shows are all educationally based,
but theatricality's also important," Sanzel said. "We present
something kids won't find in a movie or TV show."But as
Theatre Three's executive artistic director, Sanzel concedes
that his motives aren't entirely altruistic."School
tours are part of our income," he said. The company, which first
pitched the show to the public in two Feb. 4 presentations,
charges school districts $1,250 per performance. The plays run
35 minutes, plus 10 minutes for a question-and-answer session
with the five cast members and puppeteer. Shows are designed to
fit one class period.The difference between "Class
Dismissed" and "Stand Up! Stand Out!" -- besides the target
audience's age -- is the focus. The first "Bullying Project,"
for middle schools, concentrates on the bully. The second
focuses on bystanders who haven't learned to be mean yet."A
kid who's a bully probably won't respond to a message play,"
Sanzel said. "But he may respond to peer pressure if kids who've
gone along with picking on unpopular kids refuse to."
Guilt over doing nothingIn "Stand Up! Stand Out!" the
bully is a girl. Olivia, like all the child characters, is
played by actors in their 20s. Adults are represented by
puppets, designed and manipulated by Tazukie Fearon. Olivia,
played with a taunting, high-pitched tone by Amanda Geraci,
enlists Jayden, portrayed by James Schultz, in playing "keep
away" with a doll Nellie (Caitlin Nofi) has brought to school.
The doll winds up in the possession of Peg (Jacqueline Hughes).
While trying to concentrate on her homework that night, Peg
feels guilty about doing nothing to intercede on Nellie's
behalf. After consulting her puppet-parents, she returns the
doll to Nellie at school the next day.As part of a class
assignment, Peg recruits Nellie, and later Tyler (Bobby
Montaniz) and Jayden, for an anti-bullying skit involving
fairy-tale characters -- from Alice and Cinderella to the Three
Little Pigs and the ultimate bully, the Big Bad Wolf. Sari
Feldman choreographs for both humans and puppets."I wish
there was a show like this around when I was bullied in
elementary school," said Hughes, 25, of Kings Park. "I was in
first-grade and I remember the girl's name to this day."
Hughes said she draws from that experience to portray Peg. "I
use childlike mannerisms without overdoing it. We don't want to
mock or talk down to the kids in our audience. Skipping around
and playing patty-cake in the first number, 'A Perfect Day,'
gets us all in a kid frame of mind."About a dozen
performances have been booked so far, and Sanzel said he expects
more to be added in the fall."The show started out as a
musical based on 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears,' " he said.
"It didn't work because, as any kid knows, the three bears
aren't bullies. Once we turned to the Big Bad Wolf, it came
together."'Stand Up! Stand Out! The Bullying
Project'Booking: Ellen Michelmore, 631-928-2624,
Study guide available here Next free showcase: 11 a.m.
and 4 p.m., May 13, 2014Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port
“ … an empowering tool which enables
students to effectively deal with bullying ... Students will love
the well-thought-out and entertaining performance.”Sue Wahlert,
THE TIMES BEACON
“The preview to Stand Up! Stand Out! was …
extremely professional and engaging. The actors really got the
message across that bullying hurts others and how to stand up for
yourself. I would highly recommend this musical to any districts
that want to teach against bullying in their schools."Kathy
Benincasa BrunoPatchogue/Medford School District
an opportunity to validate that what they (the students) are feeling
is normal.” Dr. Allyson Carlson, psychologist Edna Louise
Spear Elementary School, Port Jefferson
“It was awesome!”
Frankie Villani, 8 yrs. old/3rd gradeTerryville Elementary
School, Port Jefferson Station
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