About Us


Registration Forms are now available for September on the Downloads Page. You may also come to our in-person registration day on September 10th, 12:30-2pm, but we recommend that you email us to let us know that you will be coming since classes do fill up during the summer.

Downloads & Class Material Page

Throughout the year, you will find materials available on the Downloads & Class Material page, including your script, your rehearsal schedule, Google Calendars for each cast, MP3s of your music, and the photo release form which everyone must have sign.

News & Articles of Interest

Get a back-stage glimpse of us in this documentary featuring interviews of Garden Players actors, Director Betina Hershey, Musical Director Sunny Knable, and footage from two tech rehearsals for our May show of “What If?”

Below you can watch our latest May performance. This includes the Rising Stars pre-show of Got To Be Cool, and the full Garden Players Red Cast performing Your Turn, A Superhero Musical! on Sunday 2pm, May 21st, 2017.

Wow, a wonderful review of our latest show What If? appeared in the Queens Gazette June 2nd, written by Alena Gerst.

We were also in the September 17th Queens Gazette with photos from Lemontales and an article by director Betina Herhsey.

Broadway World  features our Garden Players with photos of  our production of Space Pirates!

Nicolette Barsamian, a Garden Players grad, and now a writer for the Queens Gazette interviewed Garden Players Director Betina Hershey.

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About Us

A more than 80 years old staple of the Forest Hills Community, this childrens musical theater program started out as a renowned community theater group.  As a children’s musical theater, the Garden Players has been under the direction of Betina Hershey since 2002.

An innovative program geared towards encouraging expression, creativity and individuality, children will learn singing and acting and improvisation techniques using the Viola Spolin Theater Games, ear-training, and studying of both classic and original musical theater material.  Emphasis is on fun, trust, focus and courage.

At the end of the school year, participants will perform in a fully staged, choreographed, costumed original production accompanied by professional musicians at the Community House to an audience of up to 240 per show.

Current Students & Alumni of the Garden Players have attained high levels of achievement, including:  appearing in an Adele commercial during the Grammy Awards, singing the national anthem at the US Open, winning prestigious vocal competitions, being accepted into Professional Performing Arts School, Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts, Frank Sinatra High School, Talent Unlimited, Mark Twain, appearing on Saturday Night Live and more.  Congrats!