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Created, Performed & Narrated by Award-Winning International Singer, TOBI, Bee True To You is a live Pop/Rock Interactive Anti-Bullying show that’s full of funny moments and catchy, empowering original songs sure to have ALL ages singing and dancing.
This Broadway-esk program is a story about two characters who teach us the values of friendship, kindness and discovering identities through narrative and song.
From Preschool all the way up to high school, by following our messages and taking our pledge of Being True, your student body will successfully learn how to ...
'Take the Sting- out of Bullying'!"
What to Expect
“Be True To You celebrates today's cultural diversity by empowering students with feelings of being an outsider, while delivering smart advice for coping. The performers, Ashley T and BTTY the BEE, do all this though a show-stopping, pop musical that is relate-able and down right cool! This program should be mandatory for all schools!" - Dr. Sara Stranovsky, PhD, Culture and Performance Studies, World Arts and Cultures, UCLA
“Ashley Tobias is a multi-talented young lady, an alumna of the Parsippany school system and a very talented and creative actress and songstress. Her Be True To You performances were so well received by the students as they interacted with enthusiasm and walked away with a wealth of knowledge. It has been a wonderful awareness program for our Children and partnership with the town. She has proven that her belief of changing children’s lives through the power of music does work and Parsippany is very proud of her”, remarked Mayor Barberio. Ashley, thank you for making a difference.” MAYOR JAMES BARBERIO, of Parsippany Troy Hills District
"I have been working with Ashley for the last several years helping promote Bee True To You. The message is so powerful, it's our responsibility to put it out there- Confidence, Being True To yourself, togetherness, inclusiveness and acceptance. Ashley and BTTY do such an amazing job in conveying these messages to young audiences, that it truly is remarkable to watch. We are so proud in collaborating and working with Ashley on the show!" Alexander Diaz- Director of Arts Education at Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood NJ
"I have seen Ashley connect with children in a way that is rare to most. Not only are the children drawn to her, but she really knows how to reach them and impart lessons that will stick with them for a lifetime" Robert Gore- Co-Founder of the Ohmies, now- Moblees
“It was a wonderful show! It conveyed a serious message, while still having an entertaining element. There was a great balance between active participation and listening. I would highly recommend this show. “ School Counselor- Littleton Elementary School.
"A fresh new approach to a topic many of our students have heard before. I’m sure that many of our students learned new strategies that will help them deal with bully situations." -Lou Gehrig, Bronx NY
"Our school was 100% satisfied with your program! They felt that they were at a broadway show with your fabulous singing and acting! They were truly impressed! From planning and practicing an engaging skit for students, to planning out thoughtful follow up lessons/activities, you truly have covered all aspects of an outstanding bullying program!! Our district thanks you and we look forward to having you back next year!!!" Warren E. Sooy, Hammonton NJ
"It was original, and very energizing. The students were a bit sluggish at the onset, but the feedback I got from them afterwards was very positive! Such as,“so much fun”, “we got to dance”, “Btty was really cute”. More importantly, it gave us the opportunity to initiate more conversations about the importance of kindness and how to respond when you are a bystander to bullying and harassment." - Kawameeh, Union NJ
“The program was great! Super songs and a wonderful message” -4th Grade Teacher
“The program was wonderful! The “No Bully” message was woven in beautifully with the music. The songs and dances were very appropriate and interactive. - 2nd Grade Teacher”
“The kids thought Ashley T was a Disney PopStar!” - Grade 4 Teacher
“Ashley T and BTTY the Bee did a good job bringing the concept of bullying alive for students. Their energetic vibes kept the students engaged and interested throughout the entire 50 minute program.- Most students walked away from the program better able to identify bullying and also how to handle and change a bullying situation.” - 1st Grade Teacher
“My children came back singing the songs from the program. They thought they were at a concert” - 1st Grade Teacher
“The ‘Be True To You’ assembly was theatrical like a high-energy Broadway production with original songs and live music. The show was performed by highly skilled professional actors who have a dedication to Arts Education. The anti-bully messages were in place and were built upon to give a solid foundation for students. “M. Hoffman- Littleton Elementary School Principal”
“Bee True To You is a magnificent musical / educational anti bullying program that discusses and highlights bullying scenarios to children in a way that is interactive and nontraditional. It can be difficult for children to come to teachers, school counselors, parents, and even trusted adults when they believe there is no solution or believing that the bullying will get worse by adult intervention. For this reason, many children choose to continue to feel helpless in their situation and suffer in the power imbalance that is created by bullying. It is also necessary and beneficial for children to be aware of what their role is as a friend to someone that is being bullied or they themselves have a tendency to be a bully. That is what Ashley T and BTTY the Bee’s relationship stands for. “ Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Lourdes Arauz, LMHC, ED. M.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER/CREATOR
Ashley Tobias T O B I was born on an Army base in Arizona, raised in New Jersey, but found her home in Astoria, Queens. She earned her BFA from Montclair State University and made her off-Broadway debut in Freckleface The Musical, based on the New York Times bestselling book by Julianne Moore. She toured internationally in the cast of Green Day's American Idiot, and has shared the stage with Green Day, The Hives, Danzig, Die Antwoord, Flogging Molly, and Linkin Park.
She has provided live backup vocals for Rachel Platten, Andy Grammer, Gogol Bordello, and Kelly Rowland. Her vocals can also be heard on the soundtrack to Fox Search Light's Motion Picture, Patti Cake$.
T O B I currently tours with Gogol Bordello as a singer, dancer, and percussionist. She appears as a guest vocalist on "Did It All", the first track off Gogol's 2017 album Seekers and Finders. When she isn't traveling the world, she enjoys partnering with the organization Concerts in Motion to bring music to nursing homes, soup kitchens, and hospitals.
T O B I eagerly anticipates the upcoming release of her debut EP Puzzle Piece, through which she shares her inspiring story of self-discovery: becoming her most authentic self, and developing her personal motto - "Be true to you".
In 2015, T O B I took her motto a step further and founded Bee True to You: a musical, interactive anti-bullying program that empowers kids and teens to "Take the Sting - Out of Bullying" through education and original pop/rock songs. Bee True to You has received accolades from parents and teachers alike. For her advocacy work, T O B I was the honored recipient of Meaningful World's International Youth Peace Award at the United Nations in 2016.
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Influences & Inspiration
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