Author Archives: Rebecca Kasper

About Rebecca Kasper

Rebecca Kasper is a New York City based actor, singer and teacher. After graduating from Northwestern University with a B.S. in theatre, Rebecca has worked both on and off Broadway as well as in a variety of regional theaters and on television. She has also directed shows and taught theater classes for many years at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in Hancock, New York.

Birthday Party Panic! 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

UnknownYou know the moment.

A well-meaning Auntie/Uncle/ Bubbe/Teacher/Doorman innocently asks, “So, what are you doing for Little Susie’s birthday coming up next month?” Immediate panic ensues, because you kind of forgot and you have no idea, and there are 50 other things you planned to do this week instead.

Don’t freak out. Here are 5 ways to ensure a fantastic birthday party:

  1. “I Want Candy” (and I want it Vegan, Nut-Free, and Sans Gluten)

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Whether it’s mini cupcakes, an assortment of cookies, or Fudgie the Whale, every birthday party needs a special birthday treat. With a variety of food allergies these days (and food aversions being pretty commonplace among kids of all sizes), it’s nice to offer a couple of treat options, including a gluten-free or nut-free choice—especially if you know one of your guests has a food restriction. Parties can be a bummer for kids who can’t enjoy what their friends are enjoying, so it’s nice to make sure everyone has something to indulge in after the candles are blown out. Make it at home, have it delivered—as long as it’s sweet and you can stick a candle in it, you’re all set!

  1. “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” (Get This Party Started)

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Some parties are all about the music, especially the ones thrown by us here at Rockstars! Any type of party gets a rockin’ boost when you have music playing in the background. Not only does it loosen up your tiny guests and make them feel festive, it encourages dancing and singing too. Whether you choose the soundtrack to the latest hit movie or a live band, nothing brings kids together like boogie-ing down and pretending to be their favorite singers!

  1. “The Right Stuff” (Fun For Everyone)

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Some birthday parties are all about the main activity—maybe it’s an indoor rock climbing adventure or a paint your own pottery afternoon. But all parties can benefit from some downtime activities for in between the big fun. Think about having some coloring pages, building blocks, or simple board games for kids who need a break or want something a little more relaxed. Parties can be overwhelming for little ones, and a truly rockin’ birthday party means everyone is having fun!

  1. “Let The (Grown-up) Good Times Roll” 

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You’ll most certainly be focused on the happiness of your tiny guests, but don’t forget about the grownup ones who brought them. Kids’ birthday parties can be a great way to meet other parents and maybe even make new friends. So if you can, make sure there’s a comfortable area where parents can hang out (within eyesight of their kids, of course), and perhaps even offer an adult beverage or two! You’ll be glad when they return the favor.

  1. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Party Favors They’ll Want To Keep)

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Party favors are a great way to thank your guests for celebrating with you and your birthday star. Why not come up with an easy on-theme craft project that the birthday boy or girl can help you make? This is a great way for you to get excited about the party together and to send your guests on their way with something meaningful and handmade. If you are the anti-Martha Stewart or just don’t have time to do anything beyond stuffing goody bags, check with your activity provider about ideas they might have or favors they can include at an additional cost. When in doubt, keep it simple. Favors are fun, but the real gift is in the memories you create at your fantastic party!

Having Your “Rock Out” Moment

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Having Your “Rock Out” Moment

We all dream of having our “Rock Out” moment! Many of you have imagined standing before a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden, hearing them scream your name, as you strike the first chord of your famous Rock n’ Roll anthem or your number one Pop hit. The band plays behind you, and your back up singers belt “oohs” and “ahhs” as you drive the crowd wild with your signature choreography. Big personality…even bigger hair.

Or maybe in your dream you are a prima ballerina, waiting in the wings for your entrance, preparing to dance Swan Lake. Or a Broadway star, bringing down the house with your rendition of Rose’s Turn. You’ve worked so hard to get here, and this is YOUR moment. Your chance to ROCK OUT!

In a world that is increasingly full of homework, grades and extracurricular activities, kids need the chance to have their own “Rock Out” moment: a moment completely about self-expression and fun. In a “Rock Out” moment, there is no judgment, no right or wrong, no should have or could have. There is only unabashed revelry and total abandon. The world stops for a moment and these kids are alive with energy, having the time of their lives. The performing arts (music, acting, dance, circus, magic) provide an outlet for self-expression and teach important skills that serve children well on any path they choose. They learn teamwork by working with their peers on every aspect of a production from performance to scenery to stage management and therefore learn how to be a part of a much bigger process. They learn about communication and public speaking every time they step onto a stage or in front of their classmates to perform. The skills of volume, diction and eye contact all play an important role in our lives as adults, and in the performing arts, children sharpen those skills. They learn diligence and focus by learning their lines and lyrics and choreography. The arts provide a well-rounded education for children, one that builds their foundation while lifting them up.

Most of all, there is great joy in the performing arts. The feeling kids get is a completely unique sense of pride and accomplishment, not just in themselves, but in everyone that made it happen with them, a true understanding and celebration of community.

Rebecca and I are a brother and sister team who have been performing together since we put on shows in our basement and sang duets around our backyard pool. We started Rockstars! because we have experienced first-hand the joyful learning that comes from this process of creativity and expression, both in our own lives and in the lives of our students. As kids, we spent our summers at French Woods Festival, a performing arts camp in upstate New York. Both of us attended college to study theatre, Rebecca at Northwestern and myself at NYU. Now, we both work professionally in the theatre as actors, directors, and coaches. Together, we have been teaching and directing children for over 15 years, and we have seen the personal growth and happiness these endeavors bring.

When kids get their “Rock Out” moment, they find confidence in their intuition and in themselves. They learn focus, discipline, communication, teamwork, and they have an experience that will stay with them forever. Most of all, they have fun!

We hope your kids will check out Rockstars! They don’t have to be the next Barbra, Baryshnikov or Bon Jovi. They just have to ROCK OUT!

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