The latest New Yorkers of the Week are a group of child entertainers who spend their time between performances helping out those in need. NY1’s Roma Torre filed the following report.
Broadway Kids Care, a group of children that are full-time actors on Broadway, meet every Wednesday in between their matinee and evening performances to do special arts projects, like decorating hats for children with cancer.
"I feel good that we are giving them the hats, because they have the cancer that takes off your hair,” says young performer Dylan Snyder. “So for them to have some source of protection for their head from Broadway Kids, that seems kind of cool."
They group is funded by East of Doheny, a Broadway production company.
Actor and participant J.J. Singleton, who has had roles in “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King,” says he wouldn't want to spend his free-time on Wednesdays anywhere else.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” says Singleton. “Not many people get to say, 'Hey I am working with a whole bunch of Broadway kids to help people who are less fortunate than us.’ I could be out there with my friends, but I prefer to be in here helping other people -- and these are my friends.”
Gabriella Malek and other child actors personally deliver the hats they made to the kids at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.
"It was a lot of fun to finally see all the effort we put into the hats was really worth it, because we came and we saw the smiles on their faces,” says Malek.
The Broadway kids say the rush they get from giving to others is like the rush they get from performing every night.
"It's the same kind of feeling because I know they're happy to see people and then you just feel amazing," says young performer Zach Rand.
“They really have a privilege of being here on Broadway and I think that they know that,” says “den mother” Maria Rand. “I don't think they think of it as something that they rightfully have but something that's a gift, and part of their personalities are to give back to the world.”
Participant Kelsey Fowler hopes that feeling will continue for other Broadway kids, even when she has left Broadway Kids Care.
"I look forward to when I am 20, and a bunch of Broadway kids are being here everyday, and I’ll come and visit and they'll be here doing things for other people," says Fowler.
So, for looking forward to giving back to the community and living up to their name, the kids from Broadway Kids Care are our New Yorkers of the Week.
- Roma Torre
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