About Us

May 19th & 20th – Switch It Off!

Tickets: You can reserve tickets by contacting us at gardenplayerstheater@gmail.com or 917-204-5647 or you may buy tickets at the door. Saturday May 19th at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Sunday May 20th at 2pm & 5pm. Tickets are $15. Shows are held at the Community House, 15 Borage Place, FH, NY 11375

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.


We do not hold summer classes. Fall class registration will be available by downloading a registration form and mailing it in starting in July. Our in-person registration day will be September 23rd, 12:30-2pm, but we recommend emailing us to hold a spot. Registration forms will be available on the Downloads Page.

News & Articles of Interest

Little Comb Productions put together a wonderful video showing highlights of our 2017 original musical “Your Turn! A Superhero Musical”, including little stories about the creation process from Betina Hershey (writer, director) and Sunny Knable (writer, musical director).

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 2016 show, “What If?”

Actor Interviews May 2017. What are the real benefits of musical theater? How do kids feel about themselves when they put on a show? Sara of Little Comb Productions interviewed some of the Garden Players actors. Here is what they have to say.

Queens Gazette published an article written by our Garden Players grad Stella DiCicco about our latest show this May 2017, Your Turn, A Superhero Musical!

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!