Brooklyn Children’s Theatre at P.S. 230 Doris L. Cohen School

Students taking Brooklyn Children's Theatre after school children's musical theatre class at P.S. 230 Doris L. Cohen’s School in Brooklyn gear up for their Bollywood style musical performance scheduled in May 2010.

Brooklyn, NY, February 26, 2010 --( Brooklyn Children’s Theatre (BCT), a children’s musical theatre program that presents original works written by local writers, is proud to announce that all 20 spots in their after school musical theatre class at P.S. 230 Doris L. Cohen’s School in Brooklyn, have been filled and the latest group of aspiring performers are gearing up for their performance scheduled in May.

BCT’s musical theatre class is a 12 week program that meets at P.S. 230 beginning February 22. Children in 3rd – 5th grades learn to make dramatic choices, interpret text, show emotions, gain focus - all while learning to sing, dance, act and understand what it means to take a risk on stage. Students will be working towards the ultimate goal of performing in front of a live audience. All students enrolled in the class will be performing in the musical “The Elephant Prince”, an original work written for BCT by Nicole Kempskie and Robert Stamper. Teaching the class will be BCT’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Amy White Graves and Teaching Artist Mandy Stallings.

“We’re so excited to be working with the students at P.S. 230 – The musical they’ll be performing is a fun, goofy, over-the-top Bollywood style musical”, said Amy White Graves, Co-Founder - Executive Director, Brooklyn Children’s Theatre. “The final performance is always so exciting for the kids - who get to share their talents with their classmates, friends and family.”

P.S. 230 awarded 10 students with scholarships to this program provided by BCT and BCT’s supporters. Since BCTs inception they have awarded over 80 scholarships. “BCT believes that theatre should be for everyone, not just those that can afford it. The skills that children can learn from theatre are life lessons and can help them in all aspects of their development. Gaining confidence, taking risks, and learning how to use the voice and body are skills the children will keep benefiting from for years to come,” said Graves. “We are very fortunate to have a community that looks out for each other. Those that can afford the program, as well as other supporters, have been very generous and helped to cover the costs for the children whose families are struggling financially,” said Graves.

To learn more about having Brooklyn Children’s Theatre teach a class at your school contact Amy White Graves:

About P.S. 230 Doris L. Cohen:
Brooklyn’s P.S. 230 Doris L Cohen School is a public elementary school in the NYC Geographic District 15: Brooklyn. P.S. 230 is an ethnically diverse community united by our desire to nurture lifelong learners by immersing children in literature, mathematics, science, technology, and the arts. Instruction exists within an environment which respects the rich experiences children bring to the classroom. It is also replete with high expectations and the spirit of cooperation. To learn more about P.S. 230 visit

About Brooklyn Children’s Theatre:
Founded in 2003 by Amy White Graves and Nicole Kempskie, Brooklyn Children's Theatre is a musical theatre program dedicated to fostering creativity, self-expression, and teamwork through the art of performance. In addition, BCT is committed to supporting the Brooklyn community by presenting new and original works written by local writers. BCT was chosen as a top pick in the 2009 “Park Slope 100.” The BCT Scholarship Fund is a sponsored project of "Fractured Atlas," a non-profit umbrella organization. To learn more about upcoming auditions, performances, internships, scholarships and more visit

About Amy White Graves:
Amy is a music theatre educator and director, a voice and piano teacher, a Pilates instructor, and has performed across the country, in Boston and Off-Broadway in the hit I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Amy has served in some capacity (as a Music Director, Director/Choreographer, Production Manager, Publicity and Marketing Manager, Jingle-Writer, set and props designer, or all of the above) on every BCT production. She is also the Costume Designer for all of BCT's shows. She has been teaching music and theatre to children for 12 years. She holds a B.F.A. in Music Theatre from NYU Tisch-CAP 21 and is a member of Actors Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.

About Mandy Stallings:
Mandy Stallings, of Brooklyn, NY, is currently performing with the modern dance company, the Cleo Mack Dance Project. CMDP has been presented by Mulberry Street Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Judson Church Movement Research, Mason Gross School of the Arts, PS1, Kennedy Center, Joyce Soho, George Street Playhouse, and Crossroads Theatre and was selected by Dance Magazine as “25 to watch in 2002”. She has also had the pleasure of performing the works of Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, Pascal Rekoert, Gerri Houlihan, Neta Pulvermacher, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Scott Rink, Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan and FARMdance. Mandy's own choreography has been shown in venues such as Dance Forum, Peridance Center, HATCH Performance Series, Cunningham Studio, SWEAT Series, Studio A.I.R, Agnes DeMille Theater and Galapagos Art Space. She is currently directing and choreographing for the Brooklyn Children's Theater and is teaching modern, ballet, jazz and choreography at Hoboken Dance Academy, DanceWave and the Packer Collegiate Institute! Mandy is a certified yoga instructor and a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Brooklyn Children's Theatre
Amy White Graves
(718) 369-6388