I fully support and love sharing shows with a social conscience.
The Love Note is one such show. It’s an anti-bullying musical playing in New York City, written by playwright/composer Gail Phaneuf, is directed by Russell Garrett, with music direction by Rachael Ziering, produced by James Farrelly.
I have two kids, ages 9 and 11, and bullying is definitely something I worry about. Just look at some of the statistics:
– 15% of girls are bullied 2-3 times a month.
– It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.
– American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.
– 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
– 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
We need to educate our kids about bullying so they ask for help.
The Love Note follows young Jessie on a spirited journey at a new school, where she attempts to navigate the lunchroom bullies, a new crush and learning how to stand up for herself. With a lively cast of characters and a rousing score, The Love Note explores the trials of being ‘the new kid’, learning the ropes of self-reliance and survival techniques that carry into adulthood. Jessie’s lonely school lunches are heartened by the tiny pink love note her mother packs into her brown paper bag each day, but once chief-bully Brittany bites into her snatched sandwich, Jessie knows she is in trouble. Working out challenges with her magical friend Airy, together they concoct a spicy strategy to help Jessie stand up for her lunch.
The show doesn’t stop there. The Love Note Project redefines the power of a lunch “packed with love”, by allowing parents to share their own love notes to the show’s website to spread their support and help stomp out bullying.
Tickets range from $24.00 to $39.50. For a complete performance schedule, more information, or to order tickets, call the box office at 212-239-6200, or visit www.telecharge.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the Actors Temple Theatre Box Office on site, and at St. Luke’s Box Office, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC. You can also find out more about the show on The Love Note web site here.
The Love Note Giveaway
I’m giving away five pairs of tickets to The Love Note to a 10am performance on either October 26th or November 2nd (both Sundays)!
To win, just comment below and tell me if you were bullied as a child and what you did about it. Also, you must follow the NEW Culture Mom Facebook page (I’m sorry to ask but I’m trying to build it back up!)
Winner will be selected randomly. Each winner will receive two tickets, which will be held at the box office day of show in your name. This giveaway will end on Friday, October 17th at 12pm EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.
Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post but received complimentary tickets to facilitate the review. Giveaway is courtesy of the The Love Note.