Play On! was written by Grammy Award-winning music educator Melissa Salguero, the music director of the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble. Three years ago, Melissa created the song as an ensemble anthem, and every new group of young people in the program since then have learned the song. Using words by Shakespeare and core values chosen by the young people themselves, Heard, Proud, Confident, Empowered and Strong, we think the song resonates more now than ever! Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ensemble has continued to meet online to learn, create, share and build community, and now as we go into a new year, they wanted to share with the world their message of encouragement to PLAY ON!