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Play with penguins, create your own family theme song and learn a little bit about vaudeville in this Family Activity! For each show in the season, we will post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities (and more!) at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
 

Habitat In Your Home

When the penguins are delivered to Mr. and Mrs. Popper, they keep them in their freezer to stay cold. If an animal from the zoo were delivered to your home, where would you keep it?

Materials: Crayons, printable template, scissors

Step One: Print out this template and color the animals. When you're done coloring your animals, cut them out.
Template
Step Two: A habitat is the home of an animal or a plant. As a family, have a conversation about the habitats for each animal on the coloring sheet and describe their habitats. For example, most penguins live in a cold habitat with snow and ice.

Step Three: Decide where you are going to keep the animals in your home.

HINT: Maybe the horse should be kept where it has plenty of room to run, or the octopus could be kept somewhere damp where it can be reminded of the ocean. 

Cut out your colored animal and place it in its habitat in your home. Snap a picture, post it on Instagram and tag @NewVictoryTheater with #PoppersPenguins! 
 

Penguin Party

We're going to guess that your favorite characters in the show will be the PENGUINS! We invite you to create a Penguin Party inspired by the show.

Host a Penguin Party and invite your family—challenge them to only wear black, white and orange. 

Do these activities with your family! 
  • Watch penguins live at the Kansas City Zoo!
  • Learn more about penguins from the Central Park Zoo.
  • Read the book our musical is based on, Mr. Poppers Penguins.  
  • Create your own igloos using sugar cubes.
  • Have a penguin dance party.
  • Play pin the beak on the penguin! 
Serve penguin inspired food like: 
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Sandwiches cut into the shape of fish
  • Blue Jello
  • If you're feeling as adventurous as Admiral Drake, try these

Black Olive Penguins
 

Mr. or Mrs. (Insert Name) (Insert Show)

When the Poppers were sent penguins, they got inventive and created a vaudeville show! What kind of acts would be in your family show? 

Materials: Piece of paper, crayons or markers

Step One: Mr. and Mrs. Popper featured penguins in their show. As a family, decide what kind of animal you would feature in your show.

HINT: You could pick an animal that has the same first letter as your last name. 

Step Two: Using a piece of paper and crayons or markers make a poster for your show. Look below for some inspiration and a template you can use as a guide!
 
Houdini's Show Poster A Circus Show Poster A Coney Island Show Poster

Show Poster Example

FUN FACT: In the early 1900s, The New Victory Theater was called The Theatre Republic. The theater had a garden on the roof where entertainers would perform vaudeville acts. Rumor has it that Houdini performed on the roof! Learn more here.

Step Three: Now it's time to make up a theme song! First, listen to the Mr. Popper's Penguins theme song.
 

Sing along with the lyrics listed below:
Wherever you go, you'll not see a show like
Mr. Popper's Penguins
We know they'll capture your heart.
Sensations overnight,
Right here in black and white,
Mr. Popper's Penguins are poles apart!
Step Three: Now it's time to write your own lyrics using this lyric template.
Wherever you go, you'll not see a show like
(Show name)
We know they'll (What do your animals do?)
Sensations overnight,
Right here in (What colors are your animals?)
(Show name) are (How amazing is your show?)
Step Five: Sing along with the song!

BONUS: Go to the Bronx Zoo or the Central Park Zoo and sing your theme song to the animal that is being featured in your song. Don't forget to make a visit to the penguins as well!
 

Family Activities

We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites, Arts Express, TXT Marks the Spot and Talk-Backs!
 
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Posted by Beth Henderson

At the New Vic, we pride ourselves in bringing exciting theater to the young people of New York City. We couldn't do any of it without the people who broaden and enrich the kids' understanding of the art forms on our stages: our New Victory Teaching Artists. This year we welcome nine new Teaching Artists to the New Vic community! 

You'll be seeing them around the theater at Family WorkshopsArts Express, Talk-Backs and TXT Marks the Spot, so get to know this batch of performers, puppeteers, podcasters and artists below. Make sure you say hi when you spot them at the theater! 
 

Jamie Agnello

Hello! My name is Jamie Agnello and I'm a theater artist. I spend most of my time acting, puppeteering and devising with Trusty Sidekick Theater Company. I also work as a florist with Stems Brooklyn, where I get to design and play with foliage and blossoms. 

I grew up in Oil City, Pennsylvania, where I wrote a lot of poetry in the woods and was very involved with our community theater scene. I feel so lucky to have grown up in an inclusive artistic town with lots of encouragement as a child. I'm so excited to be in a position as a Teaching Artist where I can foster that kind of creativity in young people. 

I'm so thrilled to work with the Teaching Artist ensemble at the New Vic. Being a Teaching Artist requires us to be so thoughtful about the biggest question of all: WHY ART? Why this show? Why is this important? I love that we get to play and be goofy, deliberate and creative. I'm so looking forward to all the moments of connection and energy that will surely happen with our young audiences this year. 
 

Carolyn Charpie Fagan

What I love about being a Teaching Artist is the sense of community it brings to my life. At the New Vic, we work together as an ensemble developing lessons and teaching in the classroom and other creative spaces. As a result, the work we do is fun, fulfilling and of the highest quality.

I love that I'm surrounded by artists who teach me their skills in facilitating and performance. From my peers, I've become a stronger teacher, but also a better puppeteer, clown, acrobat, musician, dancer, juggler, actor and more! Because of this community, my life is much richer. 
 

Steve Cuiffo

I'm an actor and magician who makes solo, as well as, collaborative works with other artists and theater companies. My work incorporates aspects of sleight of hand, misdirection, imitation and re-enactment.

As a Teaching Artist, I like to put myself in the same mindset as the students. I like to encourage curiosity by being curious myself. Similar to the creative process, when making a new piece of art, it's important to facilitate an environment where everyone can be confident and try things they've never tried before and know that it's okay when things don't necessarily go as planned. I'm very excited to start meeting students and help deepen their theatrical experiences at The New Victory!
 


Chelsea Harrison

The thing I love most about being a Teaching Artist is seeing my students' imaginations blossom before my eyes. Not only do I enjoy teaching my students, I also enjoy learning from them. From them, I learn the true meaning of joy. I witness robust imaginations at play and it lights me up with laughter.

Working as a Teaching Artist infuses my life with purpose and playfulness. Kids teach me every day how to be my bravest and silliest self as I explore the limitlessness of my own imagination. 
 


Rachel Lee 

My name is Rachel Lee and I am a musical theater practitioner and Teaching Artist.

As a California native, I grew up going to the beach, cooking with my family and doing many jazz hands in local community theater and school productions. I still try to maintain my easy-going west coast mentality here in NYC and I love exploring the calm, outdoorsy spaces the east coast has to offer, in addition to the wackiness of the city. 

My favorite thing about being a Teaching Artist is being able to provide students with their earliest—maybe even their first—experience with the arts. As an artist, my first encounter with the arts had a profound impact on my life, and being able to provide that for students in a safe, welcoming and engaging way fills my own life and practice with joy everyday!
 


Jose "Esteban" Rodriguez-Alverio

I'm a young actor and director from the Boogie Down (South), Bronx. I recently graduated from the CUNY City College of New York, where I earned my bachelor's degree in Theater. My proudest achievement there was directing the World of Extreme Happiness (2016), a powerful tragicomedy set in modern China. In preparation for this project, I conducted research by not only taking three different Asian Studies classes, but also traveling to China and exploring seven different cities with my Assistant Director, Johnny Wang from Shanghai, to get a more in-depth perspective of Chinese culture and history.

I'm excited to be the first alumni of the New Victory Usher Corps to join the New Victory Teaching Artists! What I love most about working at the New Vic is being able to apply my passion for the arts to bringing young people in New York City public schools to theater.
 

Jason Vance
 
Hi there, I'm Jason Vance and I'm a musician, actor and educator with years of experience working with children of all ages.  I've toured schools and libraries all around the US with my one-man band of harmonica, spoons, banjo, bass drum and tambourine.  

Here in NYC, I perform and create immersive and interactive theater with multiple companies such as Trusty Sidekick, Live In Theater and Society for Misfit Puppets, for institutions such as Lincoln Center Education and the New York Historical Society.

I teach pre-school and I'm excited to bring enthusiasm and experience in arts and education to the New Victory teaching ensemble.
 


Blanca VivancosBlanca Vivancos

When I was a little girl I had a clear idea of what I wanted: I wanted to perform, I wanted to write stories and I wanted to make the world a better place for everyone.

In my early career I explored different professional paths: I graduated as a lawyer, worked in advertising and travelled the world as the director of a not-for-profit organization. On the side, I never stopped writing and training as an actress. Still, I felt the balance was off.

So I went back to my childhood certainties and looked for meaningful ways to connect social justice and the arts. After engaging in different social theater projects in my home country of Spain, I moved to NYC on a Fulbright grant. Since then, I've been lucky enough to have countless opportunities to explore how I could make an impact as an artist.

Through my acting work, my training and my collaborations as a Teaching Artist, I've experienced how art can open our eyes to new realities, enabling us to become agents of change. And I've learned that for that to happen, we—artists, audiences—need to be able to establish a meaningful, personal connection with the art in front of us.

As a Teaching Artist I have the ability to help build that connection and the privilege to witness the magic of every meaningful discovery it provokes. 


Ben Weber 

I'm Ben Weber and I'm delighted to join the New Victory Theater Teaching Artist Ensemble. I'm a performer, writer, comedian and podcaster, who's been performing from a very young age, thanks to the vibrant theater community of my hometown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm proud to celebrate my 13th year as a New Yorker, having studied at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study and CUNY's School for Professional Studies, where I hold a Masters in Applied Theater. I've worked as a Teaching Artist at the Children's Museum of the Arts, the Creative Arts Team, the JCC of Manhattan and Urban Stages.

I love teaching artistry because of the genuine exchange of creative ideas that happens between a group of participants and because I get to embody the philosophy "Everyone Is An Artist!" Listen to the podcast Cozy Zone with Ben Weber for all of my thoughts, feelings and notions of coziness.
 
 
New Victory Thumb Don't miss out on all of the extra engagement activities we offer! Check out what we're offering this season here.
 
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The cast of Mr. Popper's Penguins. Photo: Helen Murray

 

Penguins may take center stage in Mr. Popper's Penguins, but how much do you really know about them? These little flightless birds have stolen the hearts of millions with their funny behavior and waddley-walk, but there's more to them besides an adorable exterior. For instance, do you know why they're a striking combination of black and white? Hint: It's NOT because they like formalwear.

Here are nine fun facts about penguins to help you get acquainted with the stars of Mr. Popper's Penguins! 
 

 

The Anthropornis Nordenskjoeldi
Imagine this Anthropornis nordenskjoeldi towering above you!
Are You Shorter Than a Penguin?

Quick. Say Anthropornis nordenskjoeldi five times fast! This giant penguin lived over 37 million years ago and stood 5'7", weighing a whopping 200 pounds. To put it in perspective, the average man is 5'6" and weighs about 140 pounds! Don't worry, penguins today range from the four-foot-tall Emperor Penguin to the sixteen-inch Little Blue (or Fairy) Penguin. 

Fruity Pebbles... Hold the Fruit

Many penguins add something odd to their diet. They swallow pebbles in addition to their food! No one is exactly sure why they do this, but most scientists think it helps them digest food by grinding it up. Others think the added pebble-weight helps them dive deeper into the water. 

Pebbles are a Penguin's Best Friend

There's another pebble practice that's quite a bit more romantic! Instead of jewelry, flowers or candy, Gentoo Penguins gift pebbles to woo their potential mates. Male Gentoo Penguins search high and low for the smoothest, most perfect rock, often fighting other males for the most desireable stones! If the female accepts the pebble from her aquatic admirer, she places it in her nest and the two become a couple. Fun fact: The penguins of Mr. Popper's Penguins were based on this species!


Penguins or Geese?

When penguins were first caught in 1520, the explorer Antonio Pigafetta called them geese! Pigafetta was aboard Ferdinand Magellan's ship—the first to circumnavigate the globe—and spotted the penguins in Argentina.

It Takes Two

In nature, it's common for a male bird to go off on his own after an egg is laid, but that's not the case for penguins! Both male and female penguins raise their chicks for several months until they're strong enough to survive on their own. 

Seawater? No Problem

Penguins consume a lot of fish from the ocean, so they also consume a lot of seawater. To get rid of all of this extra sodium, they have a gland behind their eyes—called the spuraorbital gland—to filter out the saltwater. They simply sneeze to expel it, so the next time you see a penguin sneeze at a zoo, hold on the tissue—it's not sick!

Now You See Them, Now You Don't
The Adelie Penguin
One of the two species of penguins to live in a polar climate, the Adelie Penguin's black and white coloring is striking!

Their striking color combo isn't about fashion, it's about evolution! A penguin's black back blends into the dark ocean from above and their white bellies hide them against the bright surface from below!

Penguins Down Under

Stop reading. Think of a penguin's habitat! Did you think of snow? Only the Adélie and the Emperor Penguin live in the frozen Antarctic. The other 16 species live in warmer climates like in New Zealand or along the South African coast.

It's Time to Save the Day​

There's no time to waste. Of the eighteen recognized penguin species, fifteen are considered under threat. Even the largest penguin species, the Emperor Penguin, is listed as "near threatened." A few of the problems facing penguins are climate change, oil spills and overfishing. Read more here to learn about these problems and what you can do to help!
 
 
New Victory Thumb Come and get tickets to meet Mr. Popper and his penguins in person! This toe-tapping musical is playing October 14 – 30, so do you best penguin waddle over to the New Vic today. 
 
Posted by Beth Henderson

The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps the day the theater opened to provide paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for over 50 young New Yorkers each year. Since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. Find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!

All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory Blog. Today we’re talking to third-year usher Nelson Maloney from the Dominican Republic. 
 

Nelson MaloneyWhat has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
It was The Old Man and The Old Moon because it had the right combination of adventure and warmth. It reminded me of my childhood and how I wanted to travel to far off places and go on adventures. 

What show are you most excited for this season?
I'm really excited for Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic. I like how magicians are able to create wonder in a world where everything is usually explained.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I’m able to meet lots of different people. This has helped build my character and my confidence in myself.  

My dream job would be…    
I want to become a filmmaker! Movies, TV shows and media in general can bring different people together and influence their lives for the better. I want to create content that matters to people and that will be passed onto future generations of filmmakers.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
I loved the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Growing up, I saw Rudolph as a guy who overcame his insecurities to make a place for himself in his community. As a shy kid, this inspired me to constantly try to better myself. Plus, whenever I saw the movie on TV I knew Christmas was just around the corner.

What's your favorite subject in school?
Introduction to TV Studio Production. It made me realize that my dream job could actually become a reality. Because I cared so much about it, it was both fun and really stressful at the same time. 

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My barbershop is filled with funny and interesting people from where I’m from, the Dominican Republic. It feels like home. 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Sometimes the kids act like they’re “too cool” to interact with adults or listen to the ushers. I like to make sure everyone has a great time and it’s hard when kids don’t interact with you!

Describe your dream vacation.
Waking up in a beach house in the Caribbean with a view of the ocean. I wouldn’t have any plans or responsibilities so I'd be able to totally enjoy myself.

What does #LoveOfTheater mean to you?    
Working with my friends at the New Vic!
 

 
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson

It seems like every single inch of the world North to South to East to West has been explored, but just a little while ago, that wasn’t the case. In our second show of the season, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Mr. Popper dreams of being a global explorer of great renown, but instead he’s a house painter. While painting houses, he has elaborate fantasies of exploring the entire world, from the wild forests to the frozen polar icecaps. 

Do some of the names mentioned in Mr. Popper’s sound familiar? The show includes references to real life explorers! We dive in here to find out more about Mr. Popper's heroes! 

Captain James Cook  
Captain James Cook

"Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go."

Who is he in the show?
Captain James Cook is the namesake of the star of our show, the penguin Captain Cook! The penguin is given to the Poppers by Admiral Drake and soon makes a large splash in their quiet life. 

Who was he in reality?
The Captain (1728-1779) was once at the forefront of British cartography and seafaring navigation. Before he felt the pull of the sea, he was born the son of a farmhand. After educating himself during apprenticeships at sea, he climbed through the ranks of the Royal Navy. After extensively charting the coast of Newfoundland in maps still used 200 years later, he voyaged to the Pacific Ocean three separate times. There he became the first European to make contact with Australia's Eastern coastline and the Hawaiian Islands. On top of that, he was the first individual to circumnavigate New Zealand!
 



Sir Francis Drake
Sir Francis Drake

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."

Who is he in the show? 
Sir Francis Drake inspired the name of Admiral Drake! He jump starts the action of Mr. Popper's Penguins by delivering the penguin, Captain Cook, to the Poppers!

Who was he in reality?
Knight, pirate, slaver and captain have all been monikers to describe Sir Francis Drake (1540-1596). Though not entirely an honorable man, he greatly contributed to the navigation and even politics of his time. He first started his career at sea as one of England's earliest slavers. Spain had outlawed selling slaves to settlers in Mexico and as a result his vessel and crew were destroyed by the Spanish while at port off the coast. After this, he developed a lifelong hatred of the Spanish and became a pirate, attacking their ships. Queen Elizabeth II legitimized him with a knighthood for becoming the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe. He finally found vengeance against the Spanish in 1588, when he served as second-in-command while the British destroyed the Spanish Armada.
 



Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart

"Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others."

Who is she in the show?
Earhart and the following two explorers, Scott and Shackelton, only have short cameos in Mr. Popper's Penguins. However, it doesn't make their lives any less fascinating! When Captain Cook is sick in the show, Earhart, Scott and Shackleton reach out on the radio, trying to help him. 

Who was she in reality?
You've probably heard of Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) because she disappeared while on her mission to fly around the globe. However, she's so much more than that! She was born in Kansas to a mother who didn't believe in raising "nice little girls." In fact, she grew up wearing pants instead of dresses, to the disapproval of her maternal grandmother. Though she first pursued a degree in medicine, she eventually felt a pull toward the sky and started taking flying lessons at the age of 24. She then became the first woman to fly nonstop across the Atlantic and the first person to fly from Hawaii to California. However, on her second attempt to circumnavigate the globe, she lost radio contact and it is assumed that she was lost at sea.
 



Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott

"We took risks, we knew we took them; things have come out against us, and therefore we have no cause for complaint, but bow to the will of Providence, determined still to do our best to the last."

Who is he in the show?
Scott briefly appears as he, Earhart and Shackleton try to help Captain Cook by madaying for help on their radios. 

Who was he in reality?
Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912) was another famed Royal Navy commander! The British Scott led two expeditions to the Antarctic region, the Discovery Expedition and the doomed Terra Nova Expedition. He was the first man to discover the Polar Plateau, on which the South Pole is located, while setting the record (at the time) of traveling South to latitude 82°S. He became a national hero, had a successful career in the Navy and began a lifelong feud with the next explorer on our list, Sir Earnest Shackleton. On the second journey, his party discovered plant fossils, proving that Antarctica was once forrested and connected to other continents. While travelling back from the second expedition, a failed meet-up led Scott and his fellow companions to die from a combination of exhaustion, exposure and starvation. 
 



Sir Earnest Shackleton
Sir Earnest Shackleton

"Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all."

Who is he in the show?
He tries to help Captain Cook by radioing for assistance, along with Scott and Earhart. 

Who was he in reality?
Along with his rival, Captain Scott, Sir Earnest Shackleton (1874-1922) participated in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. In fact, he ended this age with his Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, the successful crossing of Antarctica. First born in Ireland, he moved to London with his family at the age of 10. His first Antarctic experience was traveling with Captain Scott, during his Discovery Expedition. Though he failed to reach the South Pole on his second expedition, his team reached the furthest point South at the time at 88°S, only 97 miles from the Pole. On this mission, his team also climbed Mount Erebus, Antarctica's most active volcano. He was knighted by King Edward VII once he returned home. Though he was largely forgotten soon after he died, he was 'rediscovered' in the 20th century thanks to the book Endurance and numerous movies! Now, he is renowned for his leadership skills during his dangerous, yet casualty-free Trans-Antarctic Expedition. 
 



 
New Victory Thumb Get your Mr. Popper's Penguins tickets to imagine the different ways you can become an explorer! This toe-tapping musical is playing October 14 – 30, so do you best penguin waddle over to the New Vic today. 
 
Posted by Beth Henderson

There are few books that resonate with young audiences like Mr. Popper's Penguins. From the adorable penguins to the story of dreams coming true, it's a classic that's been enchanting readers since 1938. Why has it endured and how was it adapted into a musical? We sat down with the director, Emma Earle, and designer, Zoe Squire, to ask them about everything from their first encounter with the story to which of the penguins are the most ornery backstage!
 

 

The Creative Team
The creative team from Mr. Popper's Penguins, Zoe and Emma in front, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes in back. Photo: Helen Murray
When did you first come across the Mr. Popper's Penguins story?

We first became aware of the story through the Jim Carrey film in 2011, but we then realized that the film was an adaptation of a book written by the Atwaters in 1938. We fell in love with the original story and thought it would make a magical, charming stage show for children and their families.
 
Why do you think it has endured as a classic for so many years?

Mr. Popper's Penguins is not just an exciting story about a man who gets sent a penguin, but a story of hope and working together to achieve the impossible. Many people have a dream—Mr. Popper's is to become an explorer like his hero, Admiral Drake, and to see the Antarctic. Ours was to take a show to New York and to London's West End, and here we are!
 
How did you chose what moments would become songs?

We worked closely with Composer Luke Bateman and Lyricist Richy Hughes to identify the best moments for the story to be told through song. They're a brilliant team, and although we'd never worked together, we found our instincts for storytelling really lined up. We spent time sharing references and talking about a mutual love of those Golden Age MGM musicals.
 
What do you want kids to walk away with after seeing the show?

As well as humming the songs and tapping their toes, we hope children and their families walk away happy knowing that Mr. Popper has fulfilled his dream and that he gets to enjoy it with his whole family. We really just want people to laugh a lot and be moved by both the magic and the heart of the story.

Mr. Popper's Penguins, the Book Where did your #LoveOfTheater start?

We have both loved being involved in theater from a young age. I grew up watching my aunts and uncle acting on the stage in plays and musicals; and Zoe was heavily involved with her local theater, both onstage in youth theaters and backstage working in the scenic workshop.
 
What do you love most about creating theater for young audiences?

We love seeing whole families come out to see our shows, talking to each other and sharing something. Young audiences can be very vocal, and it's so exciting hearing laughter and chatter as people take it all in. It's also magical when the audience is quiet and you know they're really listening and engaged with the story.
 
Why did you choose to work with puppets instead of people in costumes?

There were lots of reasons for going down this route. First, we wanted to create a family of penguins that our audience would fall in love with. There's something incredibly cute about life-sized puppet penguins rather than human-sized ones. Second, using puppets instead of real actors dressed up allowed us to have more fun with what the penguins could do—we wouldn't have been able to fire a human out of a cannon, for example! And third, we needed to find a way of creating ten penguins and a host of other characters from Stillwater with only four actors. Our incredibly talented cast members play multiple roles, sing and operate various types of puppets, barely leaving the stage. It's a very busy show for them!

 

Ornery Penguins!
Penguins Greta and Captain Cook having fun in New York City!
What's your favorite thing about penguins?

Since we started learning about penguins, we noticed that they tend to act a lot like toddlers! We love their curious and investigative nature. They don't hesitate to eat what they want, climb on what they want or hide under whatever they want! 
     
If you could explore anywhere in the world, where would it be? 

After adapting the story and spending so much time thinking about Antarctica, we would love to go there. Also, getting the chance to explore New York City with this show is a dream come true!

What is it like working with 10 penguins? We hear they're the most difficult cast members! 

The most difficult part is keeping track of them! It's become a running joke within the company that they seem to pop up in unexpected places all the time. They're like a litter of yappy puppies, tearing up backstage and getting under everyone's feet. We have the snooty one with the slightly upturned beak, the clumsy one who ends up with paint on his head and the entrepreneurial one who thinks she can save Popper's painting and decorating business—they've all got their own identities and quirks.
 
EMMA EARLE, DIRECTOR
Emma trained at the National Theatre Studio and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She is Co-Artistic Director of Pins and Needles Productions and has directed all their shows to date including the UK premieres of Raymond Briggs’ The Bear  and Father Christmas. Also for Pins and Needles: Scoop; Flies, Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure, The Elves and the Shoemakers, Select A Quest, Gizmo Love, Ernest and the Pale Moon. Emma is an Associate Director of Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company. She recently directed five-star-reviewed Adventures in Wonderland at The Vaults, Waterloo. Also for Les Enfants Terribles: The Marvellous Imaginary Menagerie, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, Anyone For Tea, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Emma is also an Associate Artist of The Egg and Theatre Royal Bath. Productions include Glengarry Glen Ross, The Shape of Things, The Grapes of Wrath, Riot and Beasts and Beauties.
 
ZOE SQUIRE, DESIGNER
Zoe trained in Set and Costume Design at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and runs Pins and Needles Productions with Director Emma Earle. In 2014, she won Young Angels Theatre-makers award through Company of Angels and York Theatre Royal. For Pins and Needles, she has designed all their productions to date, including the first stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas and most recently The Bear; Scoop; Glengarry Glen Ross; Flies; Holly and Ivan’s Christmas Adventure; The Elves and the Shoemakers and Ernest and the Pale Moon. Other freelance design credits include; Helver’s Night; Much Ado About Nothing The Infant; Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs; Romeo and Juliet; The Queen’s Knickers; Riot, Beast and Beauties, One Act Plays; Treasure Island and Suntrap.
 
 
New Victory Thumb Grab tickets and see the inspiring story from Zoe and Emma in person! This toe-tapping musical is playing October 14 – 30, so do you best penguin waddle over to the New Vic today. 
 
Posted by Beth Henderson
October 24, 2016

Family Activity: Chotto Desh


Play with dance, family stories and illustration in this Family Activity inspired by Chotto Desh!  For each show this season, we’ll be posting a brand new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog or at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
 

Name Dance

Chotto Desh is full of meaningful dance and exciting movement. Watch the video below and learn how to choreograph your own personal ‘name’ dance from New Victory Teaching Artist Penelope McCourty.

   
 


In Living Color

Chotto Desh is inspired by stories from choreographer Akram Khan’s life and his relationship with his father. It features beautiful animations with a very specific style of illustration. In this activity, ask your family members questions while illustrating the stories that they tell you! How close can you get to the style of the show? 

Materials: Writing utensils, paper

Step One: Examine the two photos below. They’re from Chotto Desh! How would you describe them? Make sure to pay attention to the style of animation so you can mimic it later! 

 

The Art of Chotto Desh

Step Two: Now it’s your turn to tell each other your stories. Decide who will get interviewed first—grown-ups or kids. 


Questions for Grown-ups:
  1. Where were you born? What do you know about that place and that time?
  2. Where did you live when you were a teenager? What do you remember about it?
  3. Where were your parents born? What do you know about that time and place?
  4. What were your biggest dreams as a child? 
  5. If you have made your dreams come true, how did you get there? If you are doing something different from what you imagined, how did you get to where you are now? 
  6. Who is your favorite storyteller in the family? 
  7. What are your favorite family stories? 

Questions for Kids: 
  1. What is your earliest memory? 
  2. What do you know about your family’s background? 
  3. What is your favorite thing to do for fun? 
  4. What are your dreams for your future? 
  5. How can you make those dreams come true? 
  6. What is your favorite story that your family told you?
Step Three: While listening to the answers from your family, draw an image that would show or enhance their responses in the same way that Akram Khan’s images enhanced his parents’ stories. Try to get inspirations from that!  

Bonus: Compare your drawing to the ones from the show and notice the similarities and the differences. If you were to make a show about your family story, what kind of show would it be? Would it be a dance show or something else? 
 

I Only Have Eyes for You

In Chotto Desh, the dancer appears as many different characters throughout the story. In one section of the performance, he becomes his father by drawing eyes on the top of his head. In this activity, put your eyes somewhere else on your body. Who will you become? 
 
Eyes on the Dancer's Head

Materials: Post-Its, pens

Step One: Draw a pair of eyes on a Post-It note. 

Here are some examples for inspiration!

Examples of Eyes
Step Two: Stick the Post-It on a body part that’s not your face. Using your real eyes, look in a mirror and try to move like your Post-It eyes are real! 

Step Three: Try these challenges as a family:
  • Move around the room with your new eyes—how do you move differently?
  • Have a staring contest. Who won?
  • Have a conversation and make up a new voice to use!
What else can you do?
 

Family Activities

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Photos: Richard Haughton
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This Post is Courtesy of Tim Dolan of Broadway Up Close Walking Tours.

The beautiful theaters in our Broadway Theater District hold many secrets and stories within their walls. At my company, Broadway Up Close Walking Tours, we have spent years digging up Broadway's past, theater by theater, to bring our guests even closer to the magic of Broadway. With Halloween almost upon us, it feels appropriate to look into the backstage nooks and crannies to see who may still be lurking in the dark…

 

Leslie Carter
Mrs. Leslie Carter, ghost of the New Vic!
The New Victory Theater has had many different names since it opened in 1900. Originally known as The Theatre Republic when it was built by Oscar Hammerstein I, it was renamed for another Broadway producer shortly afterwards: David Belasco. A little known fact is that there is a ghost still in residence at the New Vic, Mrs. Leslie Carter. She was once Belasco's leading lady and an American stage and silent film actress. She was born Caroline Dudley, but used the stage name Mrs. Leslie Carter throughout her career to spite her husband after a sensational and salacious divorce trial. She quickly rose to fame through her relationship with Belasco and starred in many of his shows. The staff here at the theater have seen and heard signs that she still hangs around the theater, even though she died in 1937. The person who's experienced her presence the most is Colleen Davis, the New Victory Production Manager. Colleen tells a story about how the bow tie of a performer here a couple of years ago went missing. Moments before showtime, Colleen was walking into the dressing room with two of the crew members when all of the sudden, they saw a storage bin fly off of a shelf—flip 180 degrees in midair and land on its lid. When they carefully picked the bin back up, they saw that the missing bow tie was laying right there on the floor. They thanked Mrs. Leslie Carter for helping them find the missing prop and started the show.

 

David Belasco
David Belasco wearing his priestly garb in 1893. Photo: The New York Public Library, Billy Rose, Theatre Division
Belasco was an eccentric man and one of the founding fathers of our Broadway theater district, but he had one strange quirk: he was always dressed like a Catholic priest, even though he was Jewish! After moving out of The Theatre Republic, Belasco christened a theater on 44th Street The Belasco, in 1910. Shortly after Belasco's death in 1931, it appeared he wasn't finished with his theater. Just before the audience entered for the next opening night following his death, a strange sight was seen in the balcony—a priest! A man in priestly garb was seen standing at the balcony railing before he took his seat and disappeared. This priestly sighting happened for many opening nights afterward and was deemed a good omen for each production. 

Belasco isn't the only spirit to haunt this theater on 44th Street. Many eyewitnesses have recounted seeing a lady in a large, blue dress walking back and forth in the balcony. The woman seems to be one of Belasco’s ex-girlfriends who died in the building in 1925 when she stepped into the elevator to leave his office atop the theater. The elevator had malfunctioned and she fell to her death. During the run of Enchanted April in 2003, disruptive noise from the elevator shaft was heard onstage. Stagehands tried to take the elevator out of the shaft to stop the noise—only to find that the elevator had already been disconnected. Since then, paying loving homage to "the lady in blue," costume designers for productions at The Belasco put one woman in a beautiful blue dress if they can.

Just across 42nd Street, opposite the New Victory Theater, sits one of the most lavish and oldest Broadway theaters: The New Amsterdam. This theater is perhaps best known for The Ziegfeld Follies. The Follies can best be described as a mash-up of today's Saturday Night Live!, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and a Las Vegas extravaganza.

When The New Amsterdam curtain came down on the final edition of The Ziegfeld Follies in 1931, it seemed that the sequins, dance steps and songs would fade into the rafters of the beautiful interior for good. However, one woman apparently wasn't content to leave her Broadway home just yet. In 1952, the night watchman of the theater was tinkering around onstage in the glow of the ghost light. On that particular night, the watchman heard the clicking of heels behind him. He turned to find a beautiful woman wearing a floor-length green beaded gown with a sash emblazoned with the word "OLIVE" across her chest and a blue glass bottle clutched in her hand. After a few brief words and some casual flirting, the woman turned around and disappeared before his eyes. After some research into the sash and costume, it appeared that the woman was none other than Follies dancer Olive Thomas!

 

Olive Thomas
Olive Thomas still haunts The New Amsterdam Theater
Olive Thomas was in the Follies from 1915 to 1920. She became the "face of the Follies" and was swept up into the world of press and modeling for posters and advertisements. Mr. Ziegfeld took a special interest in Miss Thomas. A few years later, Olive married actor Jack Pickford and entered what many described as a tumultuous relationship. During a trip to Paris in 1920, tragedy struck. Pickford discovered Olive on the floor of their hotel bathroom. It appeared that Olive had ingested poison—found in a blue glass bottle lying next to her. Olive's tragic end would become one of Broadway's first scandals. 

According to various accounts, there has been one sighting of Olive every decade since her first sighting in 1952. It is commonly known that actors are a superstitious lot, so, to keep Olive happy, a photo of her is displayed just inside the New Amsterdam stage door where performers and stagehands enter the building each night. Words of greeting to Olive are expressed by those who believe her spirit still lives on. The last sighting of Olive was during the run of Mary Poppins in 2006—so we are due for another glimpse anytime now. Watch out!
 
 
Author Tim Dolan
Photo: Sascha Reinking Photography
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Tim Dolan moved to The Big Apple in 2003 to pursue a career in the arts. As an actor, Tim was featured on Season Two of HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Off-Broadway Tim performed as Abraham in the long-running hit musical Altar Boyz and was in the recently revival of Once Upon A Mattress starring Jackie Hoffman and John "Lypsinka" Epperson. He has been a proud member of Actor's Equity Association since 2009. As an arts educator, Tim was on faculty at Rosie's Theatre Kids, Rosie O'Donnell's arts organization, as well as Dream Makers Performing Arts.

Having always wanted to pry open the Broadway history books and oral histories, Broadway Up Close Walking Tours Inc. has been a labor of love that has been sharing stories and smiles with thousands of theater-goers since 2010 on the busy sidewalks of the Broadway theater district. 
 

 
New Victory Thumb Come meet Leslie Carter at The New Victory Theater when you come to see Chotto Desh, an exhilarating evening of dance for the whole family! 

 
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In our upcoming show Chotto Desh family traditions and values take center stage. A thrilling adaptation of choreographer Akram Khan's life, Chotto Desh or 'little homeland' spins the tale of Khan's relationship and struggle with heritage and tradition. We turned to our staff to ask them about their own families.

From traditions to folk tales to unbelievable stories, these eight members of the New Vic shed some light on what their history means to them. Do you have any similar stories? Let us know in the comments!
 


 

Zack's Grandparents
Zack's great-grandparents, Clifford and Ola Mae Yockey, circa 1915.
Growing up, we had a beautiful cedar chest in our living room, with perfectly curved sides and a lid that locked. When I asked where it had come from, I learned the story of my great-grandfather, Clifford Yockey, who fell for my great-grandmother when they were only sixteen. His devotion to her was strong and tireless—they were too young to be married, but he was persistent! He made her that cedar chest—a feat of carpentry you would naturally attribute to a professional—in high school shop class! Later, when he was working in Ohio and she had moved with her family to Buffalo, he would take an overnight ferry the length of Lake Erie every weekend to spend time with her. Naturally, his devotion paid off; and from his story I've learned that in life, as in love, perseverance is everything.

—Zack Ramadan, Digital Marketing Associate

 


Twilight General Store
Mia's favorite general store, Twilight!

Every year, my family and I gather with a large group of our family friends and go on a camping trip to North South Lake in Haines Falls, New York, for Labor Day weekend! We hike, bike, play games around the fire, make s'mores (the 'real' way, where you prep the s'mores sandwich and wrap it in tin foil ahead of time, then roast the whole sandwich over the fire so the chocolate melts into the marshmallow - yum!), go kayaking, swim in the lake and more! We've seen bears, deer and other wildlife, and when we need a taste of civilization, we drive out of the campgrounds to our favorite general store, Twilight, for delicious ice cream cones! Through the years, we've hiked underneath waterfalls, gotten lost in the woods, started fires underneath umbrellas in torrential downpours, seen the beautiful constellations that the bright lights of NYC don't allow us to see too often and most importantly, fostered a tradition that we all want to keep in our family for years to come. Our camping weekend has kicked off autumn for my family since I was born, and I could not imagine a year without it. Here's to the great outdoors!

—Mia Sommese, Education Apprentice
 

 


 

Alice's Parents
Alice's parents, George and Dolly Arias, in 2016.
In our household and in my Ecuadorian parents' generation, there are many proverbs used to get a message across. There's one that my Dad always liked to use when he wanted us to pay attention to his advice. It's "The devil isn't intelligent simply because he is the devil, but because he is very experienced." This is supposed to mean that the advice of an older person should always be listened to, but my siblings and I always thought it meant that my father was a bit of a devil! We always got a kick out of that one. The Arias parents are still smiling to this day with their experience and wealth of knowledge!

—Alice Arias, Controller
 

 


Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village circa 1919
My grandmother was born in Greenwich Village during 1910. When she was a child, a warehouse storing both chemicals and toys caught fire a few weeks before Christmas. She and some of her friends were convinced that Santa stored all of his presents in that warehouse so she decided to save the toys! A friend of hers lived in a building next door so in their Sunday best, they took running leaps over the gap between the roof of the apartment building and the roof of the warehouse. Fortunately they all made it across safely and went downstairs to begin grabbing toys. As far as they knew, the fire was under control but, in fact, fire was still smoldering elsewhere in the building and the fire department was still hard at work!

Luckily they were soon interrupted by a rescue party. The warehouse owners were so grateful that none of the children were hurt that they were allowed to keep the toys they had stolen. That's how my grandmother got her pogostick. She loved that pogostick and was still good at bouncing on one well into her early fifties (thoroughly embarrassing my mom as a child.)

To this day, I still believe it's a bad idea to go inside burning buildings, chemicals and toys should not be stored in the same facility, and the best things in life are gained by taking risks.

—Rachel Goddard, Production Assistant, Accounting
 

 


 

Allison's Son
Allison celebrates zhuazhou with her son. He chose the calculator!
On family car trips, we would alternate parents' choice of music with kids' choice of music. Inevitably my parents would always choose Chinese opera or folk songs. One of our favorite songs was actually a theme song to a popular Chinese story about The Butterfly Lovers. My sister and I are romantics and we loved hearing them tell this story again and again. It's about a willful young woman who was able to become a scholar and find love with her best friend because of the support of her father. It's a popular tale that obviously didn't belong to my parents but in the act of telling it to us over and over, we made it one of our road trip traditions.

Another tradition we celebrate is zhuazhou. In dynastic times, babies often didn't survive their first year, but when they did, Chinese people would celebrate the child's potential and play the "birthday grab" game. Koreans celebrate the same tradition because it goes back quite a long time. It used to be that babies would choose from a selection of more traditional items, like an abacus, a green onion, a peanut, a chicken stick or noodles to represent certain values or virtues. Nowadays, people throw in new objects like a stethoscope, a computer mouse or a microphone to reflect potential occupations. 

—Allison Mui Mitchell, Director of Public Relations
 

 


 

Kali's Family
Kali celebrates her 18th birthday with her father and grandfather.
My grandfather sold balloons at the opening of the George Washington Bridge. He was a man of few words, so I don't know much beyond that, but the anecdote has always made me feel very connected to New York City.

When his son, my dad, was about 18 years old, the belts in his sister's car broke and the car wouldn't drive forward. It did, however, still work perfectly well in reverse. Instead of calling a tow truck, my father ended up driving the 10 miles home backward—highways and all. After a few weird looks from pedestrians and fellow drivers, he was nearly home when he passed a police car. The officer either didn't notice or didn't believe his eyes and my dad escaped this escapade without a ticket. Someone recently commented that he was quite adept at backing up. His response? "Well, there was this one time that I had a lot of practice..."and I have never underestimated that particular skill!
—Kali DiPippo, Assistant Director of Artistic Programming
 

 



Lilaia and her kids
Lilaia with her two kids.


Although I'm not Italian, in my (Japanese, Greek and Ukrainian) family we had our own version of the Feast of the Seven Fishes... with sushi! We'd have a huge feast of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, broiled eel, mackerel and my favorite, scallops, at my parents' home on Christmas Eve. Then, I could travel to my in-laws' house for a more traditional Christmas dinner the following day. It worked out really well, as both meals were delicious, but very different. I hope to keep the tradition going so there's always a little Japanese flavor to our Christmas celebrations.

—Lilaia Kairis, Director of Digital Services
 

Christmas Morning
Waiting for Christmas!


Each Christmas morning my dad would always go into the living room first. My mom, brother and I waited and waited in the hallway while he "lit the fire so the room would be warm." Finally he would open the door and we'd get to rush in to see what Santa had left us. This was especially hard to do when my Grandma stayed over for Christmas because she took FOREVER to get up and get ready!  I can still feel that anticipation and in hindsight, I thankfully learned a lot of patience.

—Rhesa Richards, Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Vice President, Operations
 

 



 
 
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Tags: 2016-17, Staff

Play with dreams, paper and being silly in this Family Activity based on Paper Dreams! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities (and more!) at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
 

Paper Dolls

If you were a paper doll, how would you move? Would you move with gentle, rounded waves? Or abrupt, straight movements? In this activity, make your own paper doll and imitate its movement like the dancers from Paper Dreams in the photo below. 
Paper Dreams Dancers
Materials: Brown paper bags, tape or stapler

Step One: Create a doll by twisting the bottom of the bag into a head. Take another bag and twist it into a short rope.

Step One
 
Step Two: Attach the rope to the bag using tape or a stapler. You’ve created arms for your doll!

Step Two
Step Three: Decide who will move the doll first and who will dance first. 

Step Four: Put on some music from Paper Dreams and move the doll. The other person should mirror every movement the doll is making. 
 

Step Five: What movements can the dolls make? 
  • Can they bend? 
  • Can they raise their arms? 
  • Can they jump?
  • Can they twirl? 
  • Can they take a bow? 

Step Six: Switch roles and keep dancing! 

Paper Jam Band
 
How many sounds can you make with paper? Try to start a band using just paper as your instrument!

Materials: Any kind of paper (tissue, brown paper, construction paper, copy paper etc.)

Step One: Crumple, fold, rip, slap and roll your paper to see the variety of sounds it can make. 

Step Two: Once you’ve explored all the ways you can make noise with paper, choose one to perform and play for your family. After everyone has sampled their sounds, play your sounds together! Bonus points if everyone can make different sounds.

Step Three: Have a paper noise jam session! Try to play as soft as you can. Try to play as loud as you can! 

BONUS: Every band needs special costumes! Create an outfit using paper. Experiment with large pieces of paper, finding ways to make it into clothes, creating hats, skirts, dresses, capes. Take a picture or record a video and share it with the New Vic's Instagram or Facebook using #NewVicFamilyActivity.

Dream On

What do you dream about? Before seeing Paper Dreams, play with these fun dream-related activities! 

Activity One
Put on some music and tell your child to close their eyes. Tell them a story in the first person, using the prompts below. Invite them to imagine that they are the main character in the story and to pretend that they are doing what you’re saying. 
  • One day I learned I could fly….
  • One time I discovered that I could talk to animals…
  • The other night a little elf visited me and told me to…

Activity Two
Draw a picture of a dream you have had before and then give a tour of the picture to your family. 

Activity Three
Make a dreamcatcher using pipe cleaners. Dreamcatchers were originally made by Ojibwe Native Americans and are believed to give their owner good dreams! 

Materials: Pipe cleaners, yarn, beads (optional)

Step One: Bend a pipe cleaner into a circle. Twist the ends together to secure the shape!

Step One

Step Two: Using a long piece of yarn, create a criss-cross pattern by wrapping the yarn around the pipe cleaner circle. 

Step Two
 
  • Step Three:
  • Tie a loop at the top of the circle to hang your dreamcatcher and additional strings at the bottom of the circle for decoration! If you’re feeling fancy, attach beads to the bottom of the strings. 

Step Three  

Family Activities

We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites: TXT Marks the Spot, Talk-Backs and more!
 
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The New Victory Theater launched the New Victory Usher Corps the day the theater opened to provide paid employment, job training, academic support, mentorship and an introduction to the performing arts for over 50 young New Yorkers each year. Since then, the program has provided over 400,000 hours of paid employment to over 500 NYC teens from across the city. Find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!

All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps in our New Vic Bills and here on the New Victory Blog. Today we're talking to third-year usher Brendon Muniz from Queens, New York.
 
Brendon Muniz
What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
Pinocchio. It was amazing. Nothing has ever grabbed my heart or captured my mind like that show did. It included rock music, a talented cast, great humor, an important message for kids and outstanding visuals. An altogether flawless piece of theatre. My favorite part was the beginning when Geppetto sang a sad song, "There's a hole in my soul, there's a hole in my heart!" If I could ever watch Windmill Theatre Company's version of Pinocchio again, I would.

What show are you most excited for this season?
I really want to see Mother Africa. I heard from other ushers that this show is thrilling and I'm excited to see it!

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
It allows you to dive in and learn more about the people who make art. Before being an usher I didn't see the importance of the arts, but after working here for almost 3 years I can truly say this job has definitely allowed me to grow in many ways.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
At the Caps for Sale Autism-Friendly Show, there was a little girl who seemed very sad. So when I saw her with a Blue's Clues book, I told her how much I loved Blue's Clues when I was younger. The moment she heard that, there was a smile on her face. We had a great conversation about the show, and she showed me her book collection. She even came back during intermission to continue the conversation.

My dream job would be…
I would like to be a special education teacher because I want to help motivate kids to succeed even if they have a disability. Nothing should stop them from achieving their dreams.

My love of theater started…
When I was 4 and saw a production of Blue's Clues at Radio City Music Hall.

Who inspires you?
My mother. She has always believed in me. When I was in first grade I told her that I wanted to be a teacher and even then she was sure that I’d be great at it. I will always thank her for that.

What's your favorite subject in school?
Critical Analysis. It’s amazing to be able to see different types of literature in a new light and discover ways that they can relate to our own lives.

What's your favorite song right now?
"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I love to head to Midtown Comics and read everything that's Batman.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
While many people say Time Square is only for tourists, I disagree. It's a place where everyone from around the world including native New Yorkers can explore and work. Just standing in the middle of the city, you can see the world. Times Square is truly one of a kind. It does something magical that not many places do: It brings people of all ages together. There's nothing more special than that.

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing about being an usher is making sure that you appeal to all types of patrons and make their experience interesting and safe. That's what I love about the job and why I'm excited to face that challenge everyday.

Describe your dream vacation.
My dream vacation would be a trip to Germany. I would like to experience its environment and take note of its similarities and differences to the United States.
 

 
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

 
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