Educating Kids through Entertainment!
Kid Power Cares Inc is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate kids through entertainment, empowering them to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to live healthier, more productive lives.
Kid Power Cares Inc (KPC) dba Kid Power Programs recognizes the growing need for educating children to make healthy choices for their bodies and the world around them. With this goal in mind, Kid Power Programs offers two entertaining and educational programs ‘Kid Power and the Planet Protectors’ and ‘Kid Power’s Operation Lunch Line 3D’. Our hope is to inspire young people nationwide to care about and practice good nutrition, exercise, and environmental conservation.
With our programming we pledge:
- To educate and entertain children about health issues, nutrition, exercise, environmental awareness, and conservation in an easy to understand and non-threatening way.
- To work with our schools/theatres in a friendly, helpful, and professional manner.
- To deliver edutainment that far exceeds expectations.
We accomplish this by:
- Using professional, talented and friendly performers.
- Overseeing each and every booking in person.
- Being readily available to answer your questions either by email or phone call.
- Happily working with the specific needs of your school/theatre.
- Scheduling concerns: time constraints or unexpected weather.
- Assisted funding: state or federal grants, BOCES.
- Show modifications for variable age groups.
- Other special requests.
Above all, we know and understand your needs and make every effort to offer a quality product with personalized service, at a reasonable and affordable price, ensuring total satisfaction.
Bruce Wilson founded Kid Power Cares Inc to facilitate his growing passion for sharing health-oriented programming with kids nationwide.
With a degree in Musical Theatre Performance, Wilson moved from his home in Wichita, KS to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. In 2001, Wilson was hired to perform a one-man show for elementary-aged children and during that time he fell in love with both entertaining kids and the idea of presenting them curriculum-based programming. In 2008, Wilson assembled a team of talented artists to help him develop, ‘Kid Power®,’ a modern day superhero. The team developed two ‘Kid Power®’ productions, with Wilson originally playing the title role. Wilson feels strongly that these shows incorporate musical theatre style singing, dancing, storytelling & humor, combined with lots of audience participation and hi-def interactive 3D technology because he believes children are more likely to retain the information when they are both entertained and engaged by it.
The two different curricula for the respective Kid Power® programs represent Wilson’s passion for educating America's youth about the benefits of healthy eating, regular exercise and protecting our natural environment.
Michael Rock (writer/director for ‘Kid Power and the Planet Protectors’) has over twenty-five year's experience in educational theatre, including writing and directing twelve original, award-winning environmentally-themed shows for Hersheypark. He was also the director of an extremely successful children's theatre adaptation of the improv show Theatresports which toured the Northeast for almost ten years.
In addition, Michael is an actor, playwright, director and corporate coach/facilitator. He is a lead facilitator and role-player with the theatre-based executive education company Performance of a Lifetime and has helped such clients as PwC, Booz Allen Hamilton, HSBC and the US Olympics. Michael's performing credits include Mummenschanz on Broadway, ten years with TheatreSports, Spontaneous Broadway and other improvisation companies as well as many regional, stock and touring productions where he had to actually memorize lines. Michael was recently voted "Best Director" at the Aery Theatre's 20/20 Play Festival for his staging of the premiere of A Real Live Cuban. He has directed original musicals for UPenn's Mask & Wig Club, sketch comedy for The Second City Training Center and others. He has taught improvisation for Ringling Bros. Clown College, Johns Hopkins University and Theatresports New York where he was the director of their improvisation school.
Michael currently teaches acting and improvisation for Marymount Manhattan College, Comedysportz New York and NYU. He recently wrote a play, Musical Chairs, which was presented at the NY International Fringe Festival, the Pantheon Theater and Cabrini College. (http://www.michaelrock.com).
John Forster (author/composer/lyricist for “Kid Power’s Operation Lunch Line 3D”) has long been a creative force for young audiences. He wrote the music and lyrics for How To Eat Like A Child, one of the most produced children's shows in the country (Samuel French catalog). For TheaterWorks/USA he provided book and lyrics for the musical version of Freaky Friday, with music by Mary Rodgers; The Jack Sprat Low Fat World Tour; as well as lyrics, book and/or music for five other shows, including First Lady, which became the basis for Eleanor – An American Love Story, a widely produced full-length adult show (Rodgers & Hammerstein catalog). For ArtsPower his civil war show Four Score and Seven Years Ago has toured for 20 years.
For his work in the children's recording field John has received four Grammy nominations. A long and fruitful collaboration with acclaimed children's artist Tom Chapin resulted in Family Tree, Billy The Squid, This Pretty Planet and seven other award-winning family CDs, including the recent Give Peas A Chance. His children’s songs turn up everywhere from the Girl Scout Songbook to the space shuttle wake-up call to your elementary school's spring concert. Among other studio projects, John wrote and produced three albums and several multi-platinum videos for the Olsen Twins as well as producing the seminal tot-rockers Rosenshontz. His grownup songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Judy Collins, Rosanne Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Christine Lavin and many others.
Off Broadway John wrote the scores for Both Barrels and Pretzels (also an HBO special) and contributed songs to Upstairs At O'Neals. On Broadway he wrote lyrics for Into the Light. In regional theater his shows include Mariel (2006 winner of the Macy's Prize at Cincinnati Playhouse), The Dream Team (at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theater), The Pinocchio Panto and Four Christmases, both at Seattle's Center Stage.
As a recording artist John has released three CDs of his unique brand of musical satire. His debut, Entering Marion, on Rounder Records, received an Indie Award for Best Comedy Album in 1994. With its successors, Helium and The Official Bootleg Album, John carries on in the irreverent tradition of Tom Lehrer. His recent release Broadsides features satirical songs written for NPR's Morning Edition. Also a humor writer, he is responsible for The BSAT Official Study Guide, an irreverent parody of an SAT prep manual.
John DiPinto (composer for “Kid Power and the Planet Protectors”) is a musician, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director and arranger. He has worked extensively in the NY theatre scene. In 2011 he was musical director for I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking it On The Road as part of the York theatre’s' MUFTI series. He was also musical director and arranger for NYMF 2010's production of Trav'lin', a new musical featuring the songs of composer J.C. Johnson. He has conducted on Broadway (Footloose) and Off-Broadway (Langston In Harlem, Altar Boyz). Other Broadway credits: [title of show], Laughing Room Only, Victor/Victoria. Off-Broadway: Summer Of '42, Nor'mal, Streakin'!, The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, A Man Of No Importance. Regional musical director credits include The Blackamoor Angel at Bard Summerscape, Songs For A New World at George Street Playhouse, The Honky Tonk Angels at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Are We There Yet? at Queens Theatre in The Park. John is also active in the cabaret scene in NYC. He and his singing partner Mary Foster Conklin have performed their shows Maybe It's Because Of Love and Down For Double at various cabaret venues, to rave reviews.
John was the house pianist/bandleader for the long-running Metrojam open mike at the Metropolitan Room and has served as musical director for many of New York’s finest singers. As an actor John has appeared in the New York revivals of Oil City Symphony and The Good Doctor, and regionally in Pump Boys And Dinettes, Smoke On The Mountain, King Mackerel And The Blues are Running, Billy Bishop Goes To War and A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine. John is currently an Adjunct Professor at New Jersey City University, and works as a musical director for NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program. He has composed original music for the University of Pennsylvania's Mask & Wig shows, as well as an eclectic variety of vocal and instrumental music. He is currently compiling songs for his first CD.
Kenn Adams (lyricist for Kid Power and the Planet Protectors) is a professional playwright, performer, and teaching-artist, with over 18 years of experience creating and performing innovative theater for children and adults. As a playwright, he is the author of more than a dozen plays and musicals that have been produced from coast to coast. As a professional improviser, he began his career in 1991 with New York City's Freestyle Repertory Theater. He spent the next ten years with Freestyle, teaching, creating and performing improvisation. He is the inventor of the classic short-form improv games "Sit, Stand and Kneel" and "Ding / Buzz, or The Family Dinner". His career exploration into dramatic structure and the art of long-form improvisation has lead to his innovative method of improvising full-length plays as well as his creation of the "The Story Spine", a simple tool for understanding and practicing sound dramatic structure that has been embraced by improvisers, school teachers, and writers the world over. Much of his time during the "Freestyle years" were spent as a professional children's performer and teaching-artist, bringing assembly performances and theater education, to kids in grades K-12, all over New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rochester.
After moving to California in 1999, he worked with the innovative improv group, LILA Theater Company, and went on to direct their Long-Form Narrative Conservatory Program. He then spent three years as the Director of Education for the East Bay's Willows Theater Company. With the Willows, he brought low-cost, professional-caliber theater enrichment programs to the under-served public schools in Contra Costa County, in addition to directing their SummerStage Summer Theater Conservatory. He created and hosted THE COMEDY SMACKDOWN, the East Bay's Teen Improv-Comedy Tournament and founded the adult improv-comedy group, WEEPING WILLOWS IMPROVISATION.
Kenn lives in Lafayette with his beautiful daughter, Heather, and his sometimes-annoying-but-ultimately-very-lovable kitten, Smokey. He is the author of the book How to Improvise a Full-Length Play; The Art of Spontaneous Theater (Allworth Press, 2007).