Trenton Children’s Chorus (TCC) will host a special screening of the critically acclaimed new documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” on Friday, June 22, 7:00 p.m., at the Princeton Garden Theatre, located at 160 Nassau Street.
A Q&A with Eliot Daley who joined Fred Rogers as president of the ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ organization during the early years.
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor” offers the adults who were loved and nurtured by Mister Rogers as children a deep understanding of why they meant so much to him – and why he meant so much to them. It offers Americans a timely reminder of what it means for neighbors to truly care for each other,” says long-time Princeton resident Eliot Daley.
For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer, and producer was beamed daily into homes across America. In his beloved television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” Fred and his cast of puppets and friends spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues, in a simple, direct fashion. There hadn’t been anything like Mr. Rogers on television before and there hasn’t been since.
Though he may be best known today as a soft-spoken, cardigan-wearing children’s television host, in reality, Fred Rogers’ career represents a sustained attempt to present a coherent, beneficent view about how we should best speak to children about important matters and how television could be used as a positive force in our society.
In “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom”) looks back on the legacy of Fred Rogers, focusing on his radically kind ideas. While the nation changed around him, Fred Rogers stood firm in his beliefs about the importance of protecting childhood.
The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Both nostalgic and immediate, it’s a documentary who want to hug.”
Tickets at $25 (includes a small popcorn and small fountain drink) can be purchased online by visiting www.trentonchildrenschorus.org or by calling the TCC office at (609) 278-0822.
This program is generously supported by Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. The Trenton Children’s Chorus is an award-winning nonprofit organization providing exceptional music education and performance opportunities for hundreds of Trenton area youth since 1989.