The Whitney Players is equally dedicated to instilling confidence and camaraderie while building acting, dancing and vocal skills. The Summer all-ages mainstage show always has a youth ensemble, and the younger actors learn from the older, more seasoned actors. A two-week summer youth program is a full day of putting up a show, where participants get a full range of experiences in understanding how the costumes, sets and lights come together to support the amazing actors on stage. Weekly workshops in the winter and fall give students a chance to build skills in small groups, and culminate in showcase performances. You can feel confident that your child’s unique style and talents will be celebrated and nurtured. Whether destined for Broadway or building skills for life, the Whitney Players can help your child embrace the creativity and teamwork of theatre.
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I can't begin to express how grateful my husband and I are for the Whitney Players. You have helped my daughter and all of us so much. In 2020, you kept the kids going between the zoom cabarets and the small in person camp last summer. Throughout all the unknowns you kept showing up for the kids. And then this year - the Friday nights, the Cabaret, camp, High School Musical and The Addams Family have given my daughter events to look forward to and work toward. It has surrounded her with community, support, love, and JOY she needs. She is already talking about and dreaming about next summer.
As an eight-year-old, my daughter, a Korean adoptee, was a very shy person. She had terrible anxiety about going to school and cried every morning about going – partially because she was so shy and partially because she had been experiencing bullying. Some of the girls made fun of her eyes and skin color and the fact that she was adopted and said she couldn’t play with them because of it. They also tried to make her do their homework and said that was the only way they would let her play with them at recess. It was heart breaking and I tried working with the school to address the issue. But at the end of the day, I realized that the world can be a cruel place and I needed to help her develop some coping skills of her own, which is where the Whitney Players came in. Ms. Cindy creates the most inclusive, supportive, welcoming environment and literally and figuratively opens her arms to all children (and adults too!!). She is flexible in how people make their payments and offers scholarship so that students with high financial need can participate. The kids who participate love and accept each other and are taught to embrace rather than be ashamed of what makes them unique. She has several children with individual mental and physical developmental needs who participate and Ms. Cindy and her team make the accommodations that they need without a second thought. She meets the students where they are and then nurtures them into stronger, more confident people. At the core of the program, Ms. Cindy promotes compassion and tolerance for others – values that seem all too often to be missing in our society.