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Check out these curated links of online resources and tools!

Links to Common Senese Media, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center, Beat by Beat Press, VirtualTutors and so much more

Garden Players Online Videos, Links, News, & Learning Tips

We’re The Garden Players – Garden Players students sing our theme song together as part of their final online performance.

The Show Must Go Online – Garden Players students performing the title song

Our friend and composer Denver Casado has written a musical about saving the show by putting it online. Our Garden Players and Rising Stars students were offered the challenge of learning this song in two days and video taping themselves.

Thanks everyone, for rising to the challenge! This is an incredibly fun and inspiring song for these shelter-in-place times! This song is from the virtual children’s musical “The Show Must Go Online” available at Book by Jessica Penzias Lyrics by Dave Hudson Music by Denver Casado

Online Sharing for Spring 2020

Featured Moments Garden Players Online Sharing Spring 2020 YouTube Playlist

All Spring 2020 Sharing Songs YouTube Playlist

Friday Rising Stars Spring 2020 (1-2nd grade Monologues, Songs, Interviews) YouTube Playlist

Tuesday Rising Stars Spring 2020 (1-2nd grade Monologues, Songs, Interviews) YouTube Playlist

Tuesday Dragons Spring 2020 (3-5th grade Monologues, Songs, Interviews) YouTube Playlist

Friday Dragons Spring 2020 (3-5th grade Monologues, Songs, Interviews) YouTube Playlist

Tuesday Garden Players Spring 2020 (4th-8th grade Monologues, Songs, Interviews) YouTube Playlist

Friday Garden Players Spring 2020 (4th-8th grade Monologues, Songs, Interviews) YouTube Playlist

We have worked together using Google Classrooms and Zoom. You have sent us song and monologue videos. You have answered interview questions. And we have had so much fun with acting improv and play readings. Thank you!

On Camera Techniques / Songwriting

Working together online has some very exciting possibilities. What works really well online?

  1. On-Camera Film and TV Acting Techniques

The final video of your character development monologue will be you in your costume and with your background, having learned some valuable techniques not only within our musical theater genre but also for TV and Film auditions. Facing the camera, having a background that is either plain or a setting appropriate to your story, expressing through the use of your face in subtle ways, keeping yourself in the center of the camera, wearing something simple or designed for your character, and keeping focus throughout the full take are some of what you’ll be working on.

  1. Singing & Recording

Using piano and orchestrated tracks, you get to sing along, and then record yourself.

Composer Denver Casado has put together some videos of our first singers who sent us themselves singing The Show Must Go Online.

  • Close up
  • Clean or single color, neat background
  • Wide angle landscape view
  • Look into the camera
  • Wear earphones so we don’t hear the keyboard in the background
  • Learn the song in short phrases by listening, then pressing pause and singing

So Far From Home & Garden Players Songs:

I’ll be asking you to record yourself singing at least one of our show’s songs, so feel free to get a head start.

Piano tracks to all of our So Far From Home songs and to our Garden Players song here.

  1. Character Development Monologue Writing

Your character development questions and answers are rich in details that add so much to your characters. Your monologues are built from those questions you’ve answered. Together we are exploring how to create more dynamic beginnings, endings, and hone those fun details.

See the monologues we are working on with you here

  1. Student Theatrical Design

The process of adding character look and set design creativity to your vision. Assignments are on Google Classrooms but email me if you need more details.

  • Draw your character.
  • Draw your set.
  • Create a costume.
  • Create a backdrop.
  • Make a video of yourself performing your character development monologue in your costume and in front of your backdrop.

Keep in mind all of your on-camera technique!

  1. Acting Improv

Another step to depth of character and a big step towards self expression and resiliency during this moment in time, acting improv gives you chances to bond with fellow actors, think off of the top of your head, reflect the current moment as different characters during different times, and to explore what’s on everyone’s minds with fun and bravery. Small groups are able to work together in break-out rooms and then present to the full class, as well as large group stories, and single and double rants. I’ve been loving the Baby Ogres, Dragons, Atlanteans and Martians who have all been dealing with being stuck at home due to some strange virus or other alien reason just like all of us.

  • Rant
  • Double Rant
  • Yes And
  • Yes But
  • It’s Tuesday
  • Questions
  • Conducted Story
  • First and Last Line
  • 3 Lines to Show Relationship
  • Musical Theater Character’s in Today’s Situation


The New Victory has been providing excellent content each week. This week is songwriting week. If you follow the exercises, let me know which ones you love! If you write a song and are able to record it, send it to me! If you are working on a song and get stuck, let me know, and I can help edit! Go to the Classes.

  1. You Choose!

Send me what you’ve been working on! Be it acting, singing, or writing, I’d love to see it! Record yourself doing a scene with someone in your family, an improv with your sibling, a monologue, record yourself singing your favorite song, record yourself singing one of our show songs. Want me to send you a monologue for something extra to work on? Let me know that, too!

See you on Zoom during your class time and if you can’t make it to Zoom, you can still do the work by sending videos and getting feedback through email.

Much love to everyone,


& all of us at Garden Players

Emotional Support


Anxiety & Stress:
What To Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebener
Sometimes I’m Anxious by Poppy O’Neill
A Kids Book About Anxiety by Ross Szabo
How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear? by Jayneen Sanders

Body & Mindfulness
Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere by Kira Willey
Mindfulness for Little Ones: Playful Activities to Foster Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Joy in Kids by Hiedi France, Ed.D

Grief & Loss:
Slumberkins Sprite by Kelly Oriard, Callie Christensen, Theresa Thomson
Memories Matter: Activities for Grieving Children & Teen by the Dougy Center

Emotional Awareness & Self Esteem
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
The Cat’s Got My Tongue- A Book About Shyness and Performance Anxiety by Dr. Harmony
Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion by Gabi Garcia


Reach out to one of these amazing sources for professional help:

NYC COVID Care Hotline
Thousands of mental health professionals have signed up to provide free online mental health services to New Yorkers. Open to all NY residents.

NYC COVID Worker Care Network
For NY essential workers or the family of essential workers, this NYC-based volunteer network of 1500+ mental health professionals, life coaches, spiritual care providers, organizers, and crisis line operators ready to offer free support in this time of incredible need.

Teen Counseling
An online platform where teens from ages 13-19 can get help from a licensed therapist online. Resources also available for parents.

Online and mobile therapy company based in New York City for ages 18+.

Better Help
Online counseling and therapy services for children and adults are provided through web-based interaction as well as phone and text.

This is a good psychiatry resource for an initial assessment for people 18+.

Pride Counseling
LGBTQ+ focused counseling for people of all ages who identify as LBGTQ+.

MD Live
For assessments/intakes.

Additional Hotlines for Immediate Help:
National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
National Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

Talking About Race With Children


For Adults:
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

For Kids:
A Kids Book About Racism, by Jelani Memory
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness, by Anastasia Higginbotham
Racism Explained to my Daughter, by Tahar Ben Jelloun

Read-Alouds for Kids:
Woke Read Alouds


Top 5 Reason Well Meaning White Parents Do Not Discuss Race with Their White Children

Talking about Race: An excellent online resource put out by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Raising Anti-racist White Children: Online training for parents and educators on how to prepare white children in our increasingly multiracial society.

Raising Race Conscious Children: providing training and resources for engaging children about race.

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race


Check out these curated links of online resources and tools!

Links to Common Senese Media, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center, Beat by Beat Press, VirtualTutors and so much more