Foster Your Dream meets Gloria Steinem!

Thanks to the Hope-a-holics we were able to send 38 young people to see GLORIA: A life!

As usual, these are not our foster kids (we can not show their faces due to legal reasons) but we are joining 4 different audiences and they all look somewhat similar to this.  I promise!  🙂 It’s an amazing fast paced play about Gloria Steinem and it wowed everyone to see how far we’ve come in such a short time and how little we’ve come in such a short time!

Every show invites a celebrity or two and Gloria herself has been known to show up!  One of our matinee groups got to see Karlie Klaus the super-model.  She’s super tall and was super kind in talking to everyone in the audience who wanted to!  She even allowed some selfies.  Obviously those two women below are not foster kids!  But you get the picture!  🙂

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Wows FYD

Long gone are the stand-in-one-place-and-sing days.  The Brooklyn Youth Chorus really wowed Foster Your Dream’s kids.  So much so that the group-home that came for the first performance, inspired a second group to come listen!  The young chorus and orchestra sung and played their hearts out and were theatrical, also.

There was choreography.  There were visuals.  There was harmony.  There was diversity.  There was a connection.  Everything that music and art can do for the soul.

BAM-tastic events

BAM is one of our biggest supporters.  We had small groups go to many performances of the following BAM-tastic events …

The Toad Knew … a nonverbal rollicking event with acrobatics and water play and a LOT of stagecraft!

The Toad Knew


The Crown Heights film … based on a true story that some of our kids could relate to only too well!

Crown Heights Film and Real Life

A new year of Teknopolis Fun  … we got to bring groups for both days.

Enjoying some virtual fun!

We always have a blast because BAM makes our groups feel free and joyful! Thanks, always, to Ms. D!

Six Degrees of Separation on Broadway

With one of our clients in love with the theatre, we were able to get a few tickets to the Broadway production of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION!

A Star Studded Cast

Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins wowed us from really great orchestra seats.  Our clients seem to love seeing actors they only see on television do live theatre!

Luckily our client was over 18 because there was one ‘racey’ scene, but it was befitting the wild story and based on real life so nothing gratuitous there!

We are grateful to Donald Yonker who organized this opportunity for us.

Cheese and Nutcrackers

What better way to celebrate the Christmas Holidays but to have Cheese and Crackers?  Chuck E Cheese followed by The Nutcracker at BAM!

Mark Morris Dance Troup’s version of the holiday staple The Nutcracker is pure fun to watch in it’s 1970’s cartoon inspired interpretation!  We brought 7 little girls and their Foster Mom’s for a full day’s outing.  Starting with a party at Chuck E Cheese that included some political inspiration:

Followed by the Ballet The Nutcracker including the girl’s favorite number The Snowflake Dance:

Then some sibling bonding time (the two sisters are split up in two different foster homes so being able to have them share a fun day together was a special treat for FYD.)

Memories are the one thing the children can always take with them.  Thank you Dewonnie Frederick, BAM and all the caregivers who made the effort to get the kids together for the day.  Thank you to Richard Kendall for providing funds for Chuck E Cheese!

Master Harold and a Little Girl

Master Harold and The Boys at The Signature Theatre provided an amazing opportunity for one of our clients to bring her foster family and some of her extended church group ‘village’ to see a play which provided a long post-show discussion about race and feelings about race.

Wow, right?  Some in the group had never been to a play like this but our little client set a shining example of how to absorb a heavy theme like this and then express “sad feelings” about racism during a discussion in the lobby afterwards.

Then we got lucky and Sahr Ngaujah stopped to take pictures with all!

Once again, Colleen Hughes and The Signature Theatre has our deepest gratitude!