TADA Theater: Educating on Bullying & LGBT Through Musicals

Recently Bullies Keep Out was invited to TADA Theater, which is a non-profit 501(c)3 youth theater company in NYC. We had the pleasure of watching one of their shows performed by youth ranging from as young as 8 to 18 to celebrate their 30 years. The show was titled ‘Up To You’ about school bullying and touched base on LGBT, a topic that I believe kids of today should be aware of.

Up To You is an original Off-Broadway family musical. It is a full youth ensemble with book and music by Drama Desk Nominee Eric Rockwell and lyrics by Joanne Bogart. The show runs from April 16th through May 21st. Suggested ages is 5 and up due to serious subject matter such as bullying, finding one’s identify (LGBT), elections, and friendship. It is set at Hamilton High in 1977, and the question that surrounds these teens is who will be elected as the Student Council President. Will it be the cheerleader who promises a disco homecoming, among other things, or the girl who wants to stop the pirate pranks? It is your typical high school setting with cliques that showcase how hard it is to fit in, especially when there are relentless and cruel bullies.

We need more innovative ways to spread the message. It was something BKO has actually thought about doing. You do not see many NYC musicals about this issue. You see movies and television shows, but my thought was what better way to really make it stand out by a live performance. This is one of the reasons I jumped at the chance to go see this production and bring along a few good friends and BKO supporters. The performances were stellar by these young group of talented individuals. It also make you think of how long bullying has been around, and that it is still a rampant issue. Even more so now with cyber bullying and social media. It was nice to watch a show that had powerful messages behind it.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my Saturday than engaging in something I enjoy and love for a good cause. Entertainment can influence many, touching on these topics, especially when our kids are young. It is crucial to their growth and learning of acceptance. They should be aware. This is the world we live in today. I was happy to see kids there with their parents as well.

Watching these young actors perform so beautifully about a cause close to my heart was really touching. I have been attending Broadway shows and the theater since I was a young child. I grew up with them from a young age when my grandmother introduced the wonder of the stage. I fell in love after that. Now each time I go, I feel like she is still with me. It is a warm I love to revisit.

TADA’s shows run Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm and 4pm. There will be special showings on Wednesday, may 4th at 10 am and 12 pm, Friday May 13th at7 pm, and Friday My 20th at 7 pm. There will be no performance on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th.

Ticket prices range from $15 for children and $25 for adults. You can make reservations and find out all about TADA Theater and all they have to offer at on their website here: TADA

I highly recommend checking out this amazing company and program. Go see a show. Well worth the money. If your child has a dream of acting, singing, or theater, this is a place to take them. Please educate your children on these important matters. You might be faced with it one day and if our children are learning, we just might be ahead of the fight one day.

I just want to add many famous names have developed their trade at TADA such as Kerry Washington, Ricki Lake, Josh Peck, Jordan Peele, and much more. If that doesn’t make a statement on why you should get go see a show, donate, or get involved with TADA Theater, I don’t know what does.

Written by Dana Jacoviello

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