About Us

Our May Musical

Join us for another original family musical by Betina Hershey & Sunny Knable.  May 20th at 5pm and 7:30pm & May 21st at 2pm and 5pm. The Community House, 15 Borage Place. Seats are numbered and tickets will be available in early May for $15. A few seats will be available at the door. We are nearly sold out. Contact 917 204 5647 to reserve seats.

Helpful Information For Current Students

All you need to know about is 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 signed before the show weekend if you didn’t yet.


Our actors are currently working on the May show and registration is closed for the Spring. Registration Forms for September will be available on the Downloads Page in July.

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?”

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!