Did you know that 1 out of 5 children live in poverty? I certainly didn't but I did have the chance to learn more about children living in impoverished communities at a benefit performance of Freckleface Strawberry and PETER PANtomime held at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center to support the incredible non-profit organization Save the Children. This independent organization works to ensure that every kid gets a fair chance at life by providing childhood education, literacy, physical activity and nutritional programs. In fact, last year they reached over 140,000 children through their educational, health and emergency response programs.
Actress and mom of two, Julianne Moore was also in attendance at the benefit to watch a performance of the musical that is based on her best-selling children's book series, Freckleface Strawberry. Adapted by Rose Caiola, Director of the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, I was so excited to check out a performance of the show that was raved by the New York Times as being "fast, funny and entertaining for all ages" as well a show that touched upon so many important issues such as being different and how we all have unique features that make us all special. The event also included an exciting pre-party with a mini performance by the Amazing Max, face painting, and food.
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As an ambassador of Save the Children, Julianne was also in attendance to raise awareness and to support Save the Children. Momtrends had the unique opportunity to view the show (more about the production on Momtrends NYC) and chat with Julianne about the success of her book series. She noted, "The reaction (to the books) has been amazing. Parents, kids and teachers love the message of how kids can be unique and special in their own way." " I especially love that people want to embrace their inner Freckleface and stay true to who they are." Her daughter, Liv, was also in attendance and she noted that being a mom changed her in ways that are "positive and incredibly meaningful." Adding, "I love being a mom but sometimes it can be hard to juggle my role as a mom and an actress. Kids, of course, come first and they know I love what I do." Julianne also mentioned that she would like to write another Freckleface book but that she is currently working on another children's book and of course her regular stint as an actress.
This incredible evening sent a powerful message to all of us in attendance to support such an important cause as well as universal message to stay true to who you are and that we are all special in our own unique way.
Photos were taken by BRUCE GLIKAS/FILMMAGIC.COM
For more information, please visit www.savethechildren.org.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given tickets to the performance.