Theatre Palisades Youth (TPY) Actors Are Writing Songs and Creating and Performing in YouTube Videos About the Pandemic

Written by Lara Ganz, TP Youth Program Director

"Rehearsals!" "Tech week!" "Cast circles!" "Nine performances over two weekends!" holding hands as we take our bow together... all echos of a distant past... or what feels distant.

It's hard to believe it was only last month when Theatre Palisades Youth's radiant and soulful young cast dazzled sold out audiences with Frozen Jr! 10 days after our final show, it was announced that California was headed into quarantine for two weeks. Those two weeks have since turned into... ??? This is hard. This is heart-breaking and incomprehensible. This is the "new normal".

Real grief needs real joy to counter it and our inspirational community of young actors has risen to the occasion! These young actors are sharing their voices filled with hope and humor... and encouragement!

We look to these resilient children as a reminder of the magic that will happen when we all gather again at our beloved Pierson Playhouse. Please enjoy their videos and share with others who need a smile right now!

Lexi Sexton's "Frozen" Post-Coronavirus Parody

Lexi Sexton has graced the Theater Palisades stage in many memorable roles, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Most recently she "wowed!" audiences at Elsa in Frozen. Lexi has a recurring role on television in Nickelodeon's The Loud House.

Lexi leads with grace, kindness and humility. She is true leader who is always looking for ways to help support her cast mates, she is the first one to offer to take out the trash or help clean up our many messes! Lexi truly delights in helping others.... Oh yeah, and she can sing!!!

Ella White: Stay At Home! Coronavirus Song

Ella White has been shining in role after role at TPY. She is an incredibly versatile performer and has played Tigerlilly in Peter Pan, Benny in Guys and Dolls, Ariel in The Little Mermaid and most recently charmed sold out audiences as Anna in Frozen Jr.

Ella is always looking for ways to be of service and leads with kindness and empathy. Her open heart allows cast-mates to feel safe and supported. Ella is a triple threat to the 10th power! She sings, she dances, she acts, she writes comedy (seriously clever comedy!), she writes songs (lyrics and music!!! Really clever and soulful songs!), she does improv, and now apparently, she plays the ukulele!

She has taught herself to play ukulele during these past few weeks of quarantine and wrote the music and lyrics to this original song about the Coronavirus pandemic "Stay at Home."

Lara Ganz is currently hosting FREE online theater+creativity ZOOM meetings for TPY. If your child would like to participate, please email Lara at: calrayganz [at] gmail [.] com


Julie Feinstein Adams has spent time on either side of the page — as journalist and theater reviewer behind the keyboard, and as a performance artist, storyteller, and improvisor onstage. Her writing credits include: East Bay Express, San Francisco Weekly, SFist, Bravo Your City, Theatre Bay Area magazine, Scene magazine (Canada), and now, Better Lemons!

Having grown up in the Los Angeles area, Julie has many connections to the local theater and film communities. However, her body, heart, and most of her performing and writing work continues to be San-Francisco-Bay-Area based, where she has been living since 1987. She completed her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts (writing and performance) from San Francisco State University in 1996, and was certified to teach Action Theater in 2006.

Julie is also a photographer, a foodie, a mother, a coach, and - in addition to journalistic writing and editing - she works as a website content and newsletter writer for visual and performing artists, arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs. Past clients include SF Opera and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She lives in Alameda, CA. Learn more about her Island city at & for more about her personal and professional work, visit and .