Press & Testimonials
Welcome to Garden Players’ Press and Testimonials page! Here you’ll find a collection of articles, reviews, and quotes that showcase the positive impact our theater group has on our audiences and the community. We’re proud to share these testimonials with you and hope they give you a glimpse into the passion and dedication that goes into every Garden Players production. So take a look around and see what others have to say about their experience with us.
The Garden Players Receives 2020 Best of Queens Award
QUEENS March 17, 2020 — The Garden Players has been selected for the 2020 Best of Queens Award in the Performing Arts Group category by the Queens Award Program.
“Each year, the Queens Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Queens area a great place to live, work and play.” – Queens Award Program
Shows In The News
Every year since 2004 we have put on an original musical. All of our Queens Gazette press can be found here. Browse below to enjoy a few!
As a small, local, word-of-mouth community theater, we feel incredibly grateful for the support and creativity of our community. Thanks to you, we’re able to thrive and create socially conscious musicals that educate and inspire children. Your continued encouragement and involvement are what keep us going, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our journey. Here are a few of your testimonials.
The Garden Players is a phenomenal group, led under the visionary direction of Betina Hershey and her equally talented colleagues. Mrs. Hershey is musically prolific and directs the crew of actors for musical theater shows under a focused and attentive eye. She trains the actors in speech, voice, blocking, and background theater...
The team led by Betina Hershey in this fabulous local theater troupe is unflappable. They go above and beyond to make such beautiful shows that the kids are genuinely so happy to be a part of. They really learn what it’s like to act and all the things that go on behind the scenes. The method is very approachable and kind and friendly.
I'm so happy that Garden Players is coming back to our neighborhood this Fall! Such a wonderful program which encourages kids to dig deep and express their talents, bravery, creativity and to find their voice amongst their peers! Cheers to Betina Hershey for fearlessly leading the way and forging ahead. Betina, the program's.
This was my 12 year old daughter’s first big performance and my family’s first experience with Garden Players. We were so impressed with it all! The play, the music, the sets- everything. We attended both shows and what a treat it was. To see these kids get up there and do it was so amazing. In this day and age where everything is so.
Starting with Garden Players to private lessons for school auditions, my daughter only has good memories of Garden Players and all the theater plays they put on. The environment was so warm and welcoming. She made a lot of friends! The skills she learned from the weekly theater rehearsals still stick with her today....
The Garden Players is a true neighbor gem! Betina Hershey is one of a kind—patient, innovative, and talented. My three daughters studied with Betina and each have had such wonderful experiences. The classes are so fun and it’s so great to see the student’s confidence grow with each semester My one daughter graduated the program .
Love Garden Players Musical Theater!!! Amazing kids and Director/Teacher! Ms. Betina is the BEST!! I wish she would run classes year around with no breaks. My 4 and 10 year old love her way of teaching and they are excited to perform in a musical which is created by the children and director. We are extremely fortunate to have found this .
My daughter began with Garden Players in first grade and in the three years since, I’ve seen her blossom in creativity and confidence! Ms. Bettina is such a warm, encouraging presence, and the kids have a blast. Since the classes went online due to the pandemic, Garden Players has been a lifeline that kept her connected, engaged, and inspired.
Words will never be enough to express the benefits that my daughter Lauren and I reaped from Garden Players Musical Theater for Kids. Betina is loving caring, professional, and most importantly fair. She always made sure to share roles evenly and coach her students to be the absolute best they could be. The final products were always.
Kids love Garden Players!
In their own words
Kids often say it best, so we had to ask them what they love about Garden Players. They talked about being on the stage, what they learn, and what advice they have for other kids. They said Garden Players helped them to…
- “Find a community of friends”
- “Learn to be brave”
- “Step into the spotlight.”
- “Theater spreads messages.”
- “The show looks like Broadway.”
- “It’s a really good way to socialize.”
- “Be onstage, learn how to practice, use techniques to become a professional actress.”
- “Betina never gives up and understands your mistakes.”
- “The class is really hard but that’s good because then students get even better!”
- “This is my future. I can express who I actually am. Whenever I perform I show the optimistic version of myself.”
- “If you’re feeling nervous, remember, everybody out there has come to see you. It’s your night!