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‘Letters to Daddy’ tackles bullying


August 16, 2012

BETHEL, NY — “Letters to Daddy,” the peer-to-peer, original musical stage production that teaches children life lessons to cope with issues like bullying, will be performed in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts at 4 p.m. on August 30.

“Letters to Daddy” empowers children to resolve challenging issues by building character, engaging them through peer-to-peer influence and establishing higher moral and ethical standards. Nearly all cast members, ages 10 through 14, have a personal story about bullying, and many have derived strength from participating in the production.

Emily Rahl, a 13-year-old Korean-American, plays an adopted Korean girl bullied for being different. “In real life, I was adopted when I was seven months old and have been judged for looking different, just like my character experiences in the show,” said Rahl. “Being part of this musical has taught me how to respond to offensive comments and help other people realize that our differences are what make us special.”

The presentation also includes a workbook of classroom activities that satisfy Common Core State Standards.

The cost of tickets for “Letters to Daddy” is $10, which includes a pass to The Museum at Bethel Woods. Visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org or call 800/745-3000.