The Reviews Are In!



“I was privileged to see your production of “Ellis Island” this morning at our school. I have to commend you on an excellent and very timely presentation. Immigration is a big topic these days, and your actors were able to convey this very important historical and social message through via their professional, meaningful, and wonderfully engaging performance. The kids (grades 3-5) were enthralled. Kudos.— Shirley Portnoy, Reading teacher at Kramer Lane School in Bethpage, NY

“Thank YOU and all of the actors for making the trip to our school!  It was s wonderful show and all of the students and parents loved it.  Several thanked me for bringing it to our school!” — Cynthia Hoenes Saindon, Stony Brook Elementary School

“My third grader gave it rave reviews!” — Kristin Steinmetz, Deerfield School

“Everything was great. This kids enjoyed it, and for some, it was the only time they’ve seen a play!” — Laura Jenner, William Davies Middle School

“We had the Pushcart Players present PETER AND THE WOLF and were beyond pleased with the results. We had 70 attendees of all ages and everyone made sure to tell us what a wonderful time they had. Pushcart’s productions are educational, engaging, and, most importantly, immensely fun. We will definitely have them back in the future.” –Anonymous

“BRAVO, BRAVO! Everyone who attended said it was the best. A few children were afraid that the duck was hurt, but were reassured that he was just fine. The actors were sooo…great and the sound man was spot on. I truly enjoyed the entire performance. Thank you!” — Marie Pocsi

“A wonderful day at Congregation Agudath Israel Early Childhood Center. Pushcart Players is a great group of people to work with – everyone is so professional and so pleasant to work with. The group was so sensitive to the developmental stage of the children and made sure nothing was scary or overwhelming. A perfect science and art – we are thrilled with everything. Added bonus to do the Q&A … the children loved that!” — Geula Zamist, Congregation Agudath Israel Early Childhood Center

“Pushcart offers the best artist residency in the state!” — Emile Talarico, Music Dept/Arts Program Coordinator, Livingston Schools

“I was really impressed with the research that went into the need for pARTnerships. It was thorough and very well thought out. You are on sound ground! The students involved in this project will really be educated audiences.     . . . This project has the potential of doing it.” — Berda Rittenhouse, Former Program Officer – Arts Education, NJSCA

“The company’s creative team knows its business! Young or old, parent or grandparent, catch the Pushcart Players when and where you can!” –Timothy Jecko, Independent Press

“’The Last . . . Butterfly’ is a poignant, moving achievement. . . A work of quality.” — Peter Filichia, Star Ledger

“A polished and knowing theatre company [and] a felicitous event for children!” — Dulcie Leimbach, The New York Times

“Pushcart Players has proven how art can transcend cultural barriers!” — Frank Lautenberg, U.S. Senator

“The quality of life in New Jersey is improved by Pushcart’s continued involvement and leadership.” James E. McGreevey, Governor

“The pARTnerships Residency was a great help [with] curriculum and state testing standards! Students developed a greater appreciation for theatre. They developed critical analysis skills, problem-solving skills and were better able to relate to peers.” — A. Christmas, Teacher, Grade 4, Newton St School, Newark, NJ

“This Residency by Pushcart Players was excellent! It helped me see students’ talents, not only in academics, but in the arts too.” — Mrs. Carey, Teacher, Grade 6, Morton St. School, Newark NJ

 “Thank you for the wonderful presentation [and workshops] of The Last . . . Butterfly. Our students gained so much . . . worth more to them than anything I could deliver in my classroom. You have truly touched the lives of many of our students through this integral part of the Holocaust unit.” — Elizabeth N. Tulin, Teacher, Fox Lane Middle School, Bedford, NY

“Pushcart Players’ commitment to educating young people through the arts makes the Garden State a better place to live.” — Christine Todd Whitman, Former Governor

 “I congratulate you on your outstanding presentation! . . . Students were held spellbound . . . It was truly wonderful!”— Marie R. Morrissey, Principal, Jersey City Public Schools

[“You’ve outdone yourselves! ‘Wow! What A Century!’ is a winner!! omit]Start here: . . . “Fabulous . . . clever . . engaging! We love the Pushcart Players!” — Enid Lieberman, Teacher/Parent, Bi-Cultural Day School, Stamford CT

 “. . . thank you for the truly inspirational presentations at our schools.   . . . Century was absolutely fabulous and feedback we received from the teachers was exceptional!” — Jill Rakotci, Zena Lisa, Cultural Arts Committee, North Caldwell School District

“A great experience for students to be so professionally entertained and to learn so much about history in the process!” — Ann Curran, Cultural Arts Chair, Fairfield CT School District

“Your whole program – from beginning to end – was perfect! Your group is so professional, it is a pleasure to have them come to Brookdale!” — Pat Podkul, Program Coordinator, Brookdale School, Bloomfield, NJ

Wow! What A Century!’ – Wow! What A Smash!” — Peter Filichia, Star Ledger

“…Having the complete attention of five thousand fourth through eighth graders for an hour in a theatre without walls is a remarkable feat . . . the audience was totally captivated! Congratulations!” — Carol Gallagher, Arts Center Coordinator, PNC Bank Arts Center

 “ Outstanding program! Feedback from both teachers and students was overwhelming!” — Rimantas Bitenas, Principal, Battin Middle School, Elizabeth, NJ

“Pushcart Players’ artists residency greatly improved my understanding and interest in the arts in general and my interest in theatre. Also, I had a very great time!” — Student, Grade 6, Morton Street School, Newark, NJ

“The children were enthralled– it was the best show in my 11 years as principal of P.S. 98!” –Mrs. Huggins, P.S. 98 Queens

Reviews: Stages Festival, provided by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance

“It has been a wonderful experience for both our school and community. It gives students the opportunity to watch a storybook come alive. Teachers are able to incorporate it into their curriculum/lessons. Families get to share and create a memorable moment with their children. It also provides exposure to the arts for many families that are unable to afford this experience”. — Joann Betancourt, Teacher Warren H. Wolf Elementary School ~ Brick Township Schools

“It made high quality children’s theater accessible in an area of the state where there are not many options – especially free options.” — Corinne Meys-Cronin/Librarian 2 – Youth Services Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library

“This presentation was wonderful! We had so many compliments! This served military children and their parents. Many of these children have one or more parents deployed and need on-base activities to keep them occupied/ entertained. This production was superb!” — Mimi Cirillo- Library Director Joint BAse McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

“… we attend the Stages Festival every year, and many other Ocean County library events. My children always say that they love the Stages Festival performances the best though, (especially the Pushcart Players productions), and they look forward to the next one all year. And even though it’s always exciting to see a new production, they don’t care if they’ve seen it already, they still beg to go. Thanks again! — Suzy Ferguson, Parent