Garden Players Musical Theater For Kids

Looking for a way to inspire confidence and creativity? Searching for a theater home for your young performer to find their spotlight? Join Garden Players classes!

Young creatives are guided towards their full potential by the enthusiasm and know-how of professional performers and musicians. Your child can become a skilled and innovative performing artist, a cultured arts lover, learn the benefits of practice, develop a sense of grit, and experience the joy of finding self worth. Don’t leave your creative child to flounder. Say yes to a braver future with fellow artists! No previous acting or singing experience required. Giggling guaranteed!

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Acting Improv (grades 2-8). Get ready to move your body, express yourself, get silly and learn creative bravery through Yes And, Yes But, Gibberish, Rants, Ad Game, miming, teamwork, thinking on your feet, small groups, and so much more. Increase your confidence and connect to others with zanny ideas and courageous, supportive fun!
Thursdays 4-5pm 


Singing & Songwriting (grades 3-8). Come together for singing & songwriting… vocal technique, solfeggio, ear training, rhythm training, learn from musical theater and popular songs, compose your own to share with us and collaborate on a group-written song. Let your songwriting creativity flow, guided by professional composer, songwriter, band leader, performer and educator Betina Hershey. Culminating in a recording of our collaboration. Led by Betina Hershey.
Wednesdays 5:30-6:30  


Band Class: University of Rock, Raga to Bach (grades 3-8). Dive into being part of a band… exploring a wide variety of music of the Beatles to Bach, Queen,Indian Raga, Jimi Hendrix,  Bob Marley, plus world rhythms and composing your own original music. Learn ensemble playing, follow your musical interests, develop musicianship through technique, ear trainingimprovisation, rhythm, time feel, groove, collaboration and more. Explore with your bandmates. Led by professional multi-instrumentalist Nick Russo.
Wednesdays 4:30-5:30


Rising Stars & Garden Players – Making Musical Theater. Dive into the joy of musical theater, acting, singing, and movement. You won’t be sitting still. Theater games and performing tips from a seasoned pro! Giggling guaranteed. Culminating in a video sharing with each performer performing a scene or monologue and being a part of at least one song. Need help with your part of the video? We can schedule a one-on-one out door recording session.
Rising Stars (5-9 years) Tuesdays 3:15-4pm
Rising Stars (5-9 years) Fridays 3:15-4pm 
GP1 (8-11 years) Tuesdays 4-5pm 
GP1 (8-11 years) Fridays 4-5pm 
GP2 (10-14 years) Tuesdays 5-6pm 
GP2 (10-14 years) Fridays 5-6pm 


Garden Players 3 – Advanced Making Musical Theater.  Dive deeper into your performing skills with this longer, challenging class! Work on high school audition material, warm-ups, movement, acting improv, singing, monologues, scenes, and all of the intensity and fun that goes into developing musical theater performers. Culminating in a video sharing with each student performing a scene or monologue and being a part of at least one song.
(11-14 years) Tuesdays 5-6:15pm 
(11-14 years) Fridays 5-6:15pm 


Private Lessons. Light the flame of life-long learning: voice, guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums, monologues, audition preparation, writing, songwriting, and more. Learn from enthusiastic NYC professionals, develop technique and follow your interests.
(5-100 years) Contact us to schedule now,

Make Your Own Class. Have a group of kids and want your own small class? Reach out to us and we’ll put something together for you Online or Outdoors.
Contact us to schedule now.

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What Makes Garden Players Unique?

For more than 100 years, Garden Players has inspired unforgettable memories in the Forest Hills community. Since 2002, children have taken the spotlight with the chance to inspire and participate in the development of original musicals that have gone on to be published with over 2,000 performances in more than 65 countries.

Garden Players kids thrive. Students have appeared in a commercial with pop artist Adele during the Grammys 2012, and achieved 2nd place winner of American Protege competition at Carnegie Hall, been accepted into Professional Performing Arts School,Frank Sinatra HS, and  LaGuardia HS of Performing Arts, performed in movies and TV, made it to the 3rd callback for the role of Matilda in the Broadway show, sung the national anthem at the US Open, become news anchors, musical theater performers and writers, opera singers, theater critics, film directors and more.

Garden Players develop high level skills which allow them to excel in debate, public presentations, and self-expression. At the Garden Players, your child will have a chance to learn, to make friends, to have fun, and confidently explore the magic of creativity!

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