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August 14, 2015

Summer Field Guide '15: Issue 7

It's summertime, and here at The New Victory we're busy getting ready for our upcoming season. All summer long, we're offering fun Summer Field Guides for you to celebrate being a kid in New York. Get inspired by the activities below and start getting in the mood for the shows to come!

In this issue, we celebrate Friendship Week this third week of August, along with National Aviation Day on August 19th.

Friendship Week – The Third Week in August

We celebrated Friendship Day earlier this month, but we're treating Friendship Week a bit differently. In honor of NIE Theatre's MUSEUM OF MEMORIES, coming to The New Victory in January, let's focus on the memories you've made with your closest friends over the years.

Friendship Yearbook

As we grow up, friends will inevitably come in and out of our lives; so it's nice to have things we can remember them by—photos, music, written notes, artwork, jokes, stories. MUSEUM OF MEMORIES explores the idea that, in the end, we're all defined by those things, those remembrances of other people we've known. So let's start remembering!Silly Superlatives yearbook page

Yearbooks are a great way to gather memories of your friends all in one place. Who says they have to be school-issued? Gather pictures of your closest friends and assemble your own Friendship Yearbook! You can use a traditional scrapbook, a blank notebook or just a stapled sheaf of paper. Here are some ideas for pages.

Silly Superlatives – Label each of your friends with a silly title, like Class Klutz, Best Socks or Most Likely to Rescue a Kitten. If there are stories or inside jokes behind these titles, jot them down! Otherwise, you might not remember them years from now when you're feeling nostalgic.

Quirky Quotes – Graduating seniors often put quotations alongside their photos to sum up their personalities or share appropriated wisdom. For your Friendship Yearbook, rather than picking famous quotes, write down funny things you actually hear your friends say—jokes, tongue-twisters, spoonerisms. Direct quotes like this capture a friend's personality far better than Stoppard or Twain!

Simple Signatures – When it comes time for your friends to sign your Yearbook, make it easy for them with pre-made snippets and sentence starters, like these. Throw in some curveballs, too, and see what happens.
   • Remember that time…?    • I wish I could forget…
   • Can you believe…?    • I can still taste…
   • The worst was when…    • Sorry, not sorry.
   • Tell me the truth…    • Who?
   • I know you have a crush on…    • Eww!

Share your Yearbook with us @newvictorytheater on Instagram, and have a great summer!

Two friends take a selfie#DéjàVu

Déjà Vu is that feeling you get when something seems so familiar, you're certain you've seen or experienced it before. Most of the time, it's just your memory playing tricks on you; but sometimes, you really are repeating history. 

Find a photo you took with a friend on an outing somewhere in NYC—that Saturday at Coney Island, or that rainy day at the library. Then plan a trip with your friend to that same place and re-stage the photo! Share it on Instagram, #DéjàVu. Bonus points if you or your friend actually experience Déjà Vu while staging the photo!
Museum of Memories Icon    NIE Theatre brings the innovative and poignant MUSEUM OF MEMORIES to the New Vic in January 2016. It's the story of a young man as remembered by his friends after he takes his own life. Read more about the show and check out the Explore video from Director Kjell Moberg for some behind-the-scenes info.

August 19th – National Aviation Day

National Aviation Day has its origins in the Wright Brothers. Orville Wright was born on August 19, 1871, and in 1903 he and his brother Wilbur designed and built the first airplane to successfully maintain lift—they gave us flight. FLY, coming to The New Victory next March, tells the story of a different set of aviation pioneers: the Tuskeegee Airmen of WWII. In honor of all these pioneering aviators, here are some flight-related activities that might just earn you your wings.

DIY Aircraft

Follow these instructions to make your own paper airplane. Get your friends to join you, and then compete to see whose plane flies the farthest, the highest, the crookedest or the loop-the-loopiest.

 Paper Airplane Tutorial 

Click to download
a larger PDF of these instructions.

Tweet us your paper airplane distance record @newvictory, #AviationDay! If you break the sound barrier, please let us know.

Earthbound Airshow

Back on the ground, the New York Metro Area has some excellent aviation museums that detail the history of flight and show off aircraft from multiple eras. Get up close with real planes and expand your aeronautical expertise!

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum – Midtown West, NY –
The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey – Teterboro, NJ –
The Cradle of Aviation Museum – Garden City, NY –
The American Airpower Museum – Farmingdale, NY –
Fly Icon    Now that you're an aviation expert, don't miss FLY, coming to the New Vic in March courtesy of Crossroads Theatre Company and The Pasadena Playhouse. 
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