BEAUTY AND THE BEAST COMES ALIVE AT MORGAN STANLEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Posted by vanessa on November 13, 2017

Fairytale Physical Therapy (FTPT), a student-run project within the Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy, brought a popular storybook to the children at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital on November 7th. Students from the first and third years of the DPT program teamed up to bring Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to life.

The event is chance for the kids to get moving and for parents and children alike to take a break from being in the hospital. At Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, the show is broadcast to all the rooms, offering kids full immersion into the show and great interaction with the characters whether they are able to attend the show on the first floor or are watching from their rooms. Choreography, with a therapeutic exercise slant is taught to kids for songs such as “Be Our Guest” during dance breaks within the show. The kids are encouraged to participate in the story, sing, and dance along from standing or seated positions. 

This is the eighteenth show that Fairytale Physical Therapy has brought to local hospitals. Previous productions include “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King,” and “Frozen” at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and New York Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center. This production featured DPT III’s Matt Hamilton as the Beast, Katie Schmitt as Belle, Seth McChesney as Gaston, Kevin Montevirgen as LeFou, Jenna Kantor as Lumiere, Lauren Ruf as Chip, Aashika Suseendran as Mrs. Potts, Ashley Barnas, Lauren Calzolaio and Simon Floyd as the dancers, Jackie Franzak as the narrator and introducing DPT I Michael Robert Kelly as Cogsworth.

Fairytale Physical Therapy and cast had a wonderful time and are looking forward to bringing “Aladdin” to more children and families at Weill Cornell Medical Center / New York Presbyterian in December. 

To contact the FTPT team, write to them at fairytalephysicaltherapy@gmail.com.

The cast of "Beauty and the Beast"



 


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