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Author Ann Marie Halstead is spreading kindness to schools one Bucket Filling Fairy at a time

Based on Carol McCloud’s immensely successful children’s book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, and Ann Marie Halstead’s play adaptation and picture book, Bucket Filling Fairy, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The Musical continues to spread bullying prevention messages to elementary schools. The book and play have brought bullying prevention awareness to the front of classrooms across the country, and now the golden rule of “bucket filling” is being conveyed as a musical.  Bringing the characters who grapple with “bucket-dippers” and “bucket-fillers” to the musical stage provides a new medium for kids of all ages (though ages 4 & up are recommended!) to learn the importance of spreading kindness.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The Musical by Scott Wichmann (playwright) and Jason Marks (composer) tackles the widespread problem of bullying by providing the best forms of bullying prevention and focuses on the positive effects of kindness and friendship. Described as being “sure to become a staple of Virginia education” by one elementary school, the musical shows the value of compassion by promoting healthy friendships, self-esteem, and bullying-prevention awareness in schools.  The musical follows the lead of the work it is adapting with a positive, upbeat approach to a topic that is usually weighted down by the negative consequences of bullying.  This unique spin of positivity shines a light on the vital need for compassion, understanding, and self-esteem in young children.

The sentiments and lessons from Halstead’s book and play are front and center in the musical adaptation, continuing to teach children about the cause and effect relationship they have with their peers. By encouraging kids to become “bucket-fillers” instead of “bucket- dippers”, their sense of empathy for others and own self-awareness become heightened.

If your elementary school is interested in scheduling a performance of Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The Musical, please contact Eric Williams at ewilliams@virginiarep.org.

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2 Responses to Author Ann Marie Halstead is spreading kindness to schools one Bucket Filling Fairy at a time

Kimberly Johnson says: October 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Ann Marie’s book and this new musical adaptation provide wonderful life-long lessons (for children and adults) in a fun, engaging way. Our children were so excited to see the musical and take great pride in being bucket fillers. Thank you, Ann Marie, for giving parents and teachers a fantastic resource to encourage children to spread kindness and be good friends to others.

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Kate says: October 5, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Both the book and the musical have given me language my child can easily relate to and understand. My hope is that bullying ends with this generation of bucket fillers!

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