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Brave New Shakespeare Challenge -- Play On! with the Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble

Brave New Shakespeare 2.0

Music and Lyrics – Melissa Salguero & William Shakespeare
Arrangement and Recording – Salomon Lerner Cohen / Virtual Studio NYC
Video Concept – Marilyn Gonzalez

About Play On!.

Play On! was written by Grammy Award-winning music educator Melissa Salguero, the music director of the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble. Three years ago, Melissa created the song as an ensemble anthem, and every new group of young people in the program since then have learned the song. Using words by Shakespeare and core values chosen by the young people themselves, Heard, Proud, Confident, Empowered and Strong, we think the song resonates more now than ever! Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ensemble has continued to meet online to learn, create, share and build community, and now as we go into a new year, they wanted to share with the world their message of encouragement to PLAY ON!

About the HPCSE.

The Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble is a year-long comprehension, rehearsal, and performance program offered by the Public Theater’s Public Shakespeare Initiative in collaboration with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from local schools in Hunts Point spend an entire academic year learning about, rehearsing, and ultimately performing a Shakespeare play. Now in its 14th year, previous productions by the Ensemble have included AS YOU LIKE IT, ROMEO & JULIET, THE HAMLET PROJECT, THE TEMPEST and TWELFTH NIGHT. In May 2021 the Ensemble will present a digital interpretation of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.