Princess Shayna Musical Performances
Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift Children’s Musical Productions
Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift Musical
On May 20, 2013, The Trilogy School of Performing Arts students also adapted Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift. Producer/Director, Kim Kass Woycke, work-shopped the book and wrote an original scrip and musical score for the spectacular Princess Shayna stage production. You can read more about the musical and the fantastic cast in my Princess Shayna Musical Blog Posts and enjoy reading and viewing Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift Photo Album!
Kim and 15 students, grades 5th – 8th grade, are “workshopped” the book, created their own interpretations for the story line and developed an original script of my family fairy tale. The script followed Princess Shayna on her Vision Quest to the Village of the Yellow Sunflowers, Blue Forget-me-nots, Green Healing Herbs, and Orange Tiger Lilies to share her Invisible Visible Gift and encourage the villagers to discover their Praiseworthy Gifts, appreciate and respect one another, tear down the walls that surround each village, and build a multi-colored path back to the Royal Castle in the Kingdom of Kindness.
Ever since Princess Shayna’s first publication in 1997 and recently with the 2nd edition publication in September 2011, children, parents and teachers have continually said, “This book would make a fantastic musical.”
Their words became a reality and dream has come true!
I have asked Kim to keep a journal and record how the student are “work-shopped the production. My request was to document the progress and creative process of the play. Each week, I will write a blog post including Kim’s notes. My blog post will enable my readers, and the Trilogy performers and their parents to enjoy reading about this incredible experience! This living progress report will become a permanent record of the student’s accomplishments and their Praiseworthy Gifts!
One morning, I received a message from Kim and immediately knew she understood the essence of Princess Shayna. Kim wrote: “I felt it was important that we develop a safe and encouraging environment where we can work together to create without judgment.”
Princess Shayna on the Broadway stage! Productions of The Invisible Visible Gift were performed on October 1oth and 11th and April 3rd and 4th at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, New Jersey.
I was thrilled to share my long time wish became a reality! This delightfully engaging musical theater adaptation of my children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift is part of the Broadway Theatre’s Educational Series.
The premier performances in October kicked off National Bully Prevention Month. The performance highlighted many of the meaningful messages from my book: Increasing self-esteem and self-confidence - Recognizing your self-worth- Valuing your capabilities – Appreciating differences – Bully Prevention - Dealing with life’s challenges.
In the musical, Shayna, a modern-day middle school student, can’t find a place to fit in at her school. The Yellow Brain Student Council, Blue Brain Drama Club, Green Brain Math Club, and Orange Brain Cheerleading Team all turn her away, causing her to doubt her self-worth. Shayna’s principal recommended Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift, a book he thought would help her. As Shayna reads the book, she becomes Princess Shayna of the Kingdom of Kindness, who must go on a Vision Quest to return harmony to the kingdom. The kingdom was divided by mistrust and misunderstanding. Princess Shayna must visit the contentious villages that have distinct Brain Color Personality strengths and idiosyncrasies and help the villagers realize they can learn to respect each others’ differences and work together.
During her travels, the princess encounters villains that try to stop her from completing her quest. Shayna must face her fears and the challenges of T1D (Type 1 Diabetes). Back in school, Shayna is able to see that the story’s “villains” are similar to the bullies she has experienced at school. By relating the book to her own life, she was able to recognize that we each have our own Praiseworthy Gifts. This helps her feel comfortable in school and accept others who are different, and she, in turn, is accepted by her schoolmates.
Children, teachers, and parents who attended the original musical discovered the many exciting changes in Shayna’s life and meaningful messages for their own lives!
Enjoy reading and viewing The Invisible Visible Gift Photo Album!
For more information about a Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift books, programs, and musical productions please contact Sheila Glazov.