Free to be… You and Me


Saturday May 10th at DeBaun Auditorium. Two performances at 3pm and 7pm.

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Life’s lessons through a child’s eyes

With Free to be… You and Me

The Center for the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium is proud to present The Young Performers Festival production of Free to Be…You and Me which will run for two performances on Saturday, May 10 at 3pm and 7pm at DeBaun Auditorium, Edwin A. Stevens Hall, 5th & Hudson Sts. in Hoboken, NJ.

Free to Be…You and Me is a children’s book conceived by Marlo Thomas that, instead of telling boys and girls who they should be, would open them to the possibilities of who they could be. She gathered many of her supremely talented friends from various worlds of the arts and the remarkable result is highly regarded as a modern classic of children’s literature. Performed by The Center’s annual Young Performers Festival, life-enhancing themes are imaginatively blended with music and humor to expand children’s personal horizons—enabling them to invent their own futures without limitation, while dispelling some old constraints and worn-out conventions in the process. Parents, teachers and other grown-up friends will delight in sharing this extraordinary and memorable experience with the children in their lives.

Free to Be… You and Me was first released as a record album and illustrated songbook in November 1972, and later in 1974 as a television special. The original idea to create the album came from the fact that Thomas wanted to teach her then-young niece Dionne about life, in particular that it was okay to go against the gender stereotypes that were blatantly evident in the children’s books of that time (i.e., Daddy’s a construction worker or a doctor while Mommy is a teacher or a nurse—if Mommy even works at all; boys don’t play with dolls or cry; girls can’t be athletes or go through life unmarried). The album has been published by Arista Records since 1983 and is still in print today. As of 2006 it has sold more than 500,000 copies. The television special first aired March 11, 1974, on ABC, and went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Special and a Peabody Award.

For the Young Performers Festival production, all of the songs and scenes will be presented by children 7–12 years of age. The cast is being led by Billy Mitchell, director, and Liz Gerbi, musical director, both of last year’s Festival presentation of Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Tickets for Free to Be…You and Me are $10 for adults, $7 for children & students. A group discount will be given to reservations of 20 or more. To make reservations, please call 201-216-8937 or email To purchase tickets online, visit The Center’s free web-ticketing site at

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008 10:45 pm

I LOVE this play and have some of the songs on my ipod. 🙂 Brings me back to my youth….thanks for the youtube link mdecav! 😀

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:38 pm

This should bring back some memories:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 12:45 pm

Ahhh… totally reminds me of Elementary school… I think that’s the only play which I remember 🙂

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