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The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.




Mary Rose Lloyd, the Director of Artistic Programming at The New Victory Theater, has spent the past twenty years curating work for the New Victory stage. Starting in 1996, Mary has crisscrossed the globe seeing shows, attending conferences and festivals and connecting with countless artists. She has served on the Boards of Directors for both TYA/USA and International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) and is the recipient of IPAY's Mickey Miners Lifetime Achievement Award. She is passionate about books, family, friends and, most certainly, the performing arts.
 

​Mary has helped shape and define The New Victory Theater for the past 20 years. She has been trusted from the get-go with the responsibility of seeking out and bringing to the New Victory stage works for our young audiences that are beautiful, compelling, challenging and magical—always underpinned with the highest artistic and production values. It is no surprise that artists and colleagues from near and far have joined us to celebrate, with their musings and reminiscences, our beloved Director of Artistic Programming—the one and only—Mary Rose Lloyd. 
— Cora Cahan, President of The New Victory Theater
 



Mary is often described as a "tastemaker" in the international movement of theater for young audiences. I think "trailblazer" is a more appropriate badge of honour. She is a brave programmer who through dedicated commitment to this international community has developed a sense of what is coming next. She can pick trends, spot good ideas behind emerging companies and then find the right context in which to present that work. 
— Andy Packer, Slingsby Theatre Company​, Artistic Director

When I started in the Education Department of the New Vic in 2002, I didn't know Mary well… but she had already had a profound impact on me by what she had programmed the previous two years. As a grad student at NYU in Educational Theatre, I bought a season subscription and was forever changed by seeing work of the highest caliber at the New Vic. I have been lucky to cross paths often with Mary over the past dozen years and there's never enough time for us to catch up, laugh, gossip, dream and scheme about the future—all in an effort to continue to make the work better.
 
There are very few programmers on the planet who know more about the national and international landscape of theater for young audiences than Mary Rose Lloyd and who have made such a significant impact. I am lucky to call her a colleague and a friend. Happy 20 years, Mary!
— David Kilpatrick​​, Kennedy Center, Manager of Theater for Young Audiences

 

Mary Rose Lloyd
Mary and the New Vic's Director of Ticket Services, Robin Leeds, at the opening of the New 42nd Street Studios in 2000.
For someone who is clearly at the top of her game, respected by arts organizations around the world, and who has changed the face of performing arts for young people here in North America, Mary is a wonderful, warm, remarkably down to earth friend and colleague. The arts community of New York City is so lucky to claim her as one of our own and the young people of New York City are her greatest beneficiaries, as they should be. Congratulations on 20 years, Mary, and thank you, with love.
— Peg Schuler-Armstrong, Director of Programming and Production, Lincoln Center Education

How shocking. 20 years. This means we have worked together over two decades ago. Impossible.
I'm thrilled to be able to contribute my song to the large chorus of professionals singing in unison of your valiant artistic vision and astute programming. I send you a warm embrace from where I am working. Onward, dear friend. You have many more wonderful years ahead to make your artistic contribution to our society through your noble work.
— Joe Melillo​, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Mary—your vision of and for the New Vic's artistic programming has taught me so much. I don't know how to thank you. Suffice it to say my life, my children's lives and the lives of thousands upon thousands of kids and their families would be much poorer, much more boring, much more insular and much less empathetic without the glorious, brave, life-affirming, boundary-breaking, myth-busting work you have put on the New Vic's stage.
— Edie Demas, Executive Director, Jacob Burns Film Center 

 

Mary Rose Lloyd
Mary reading in the Programming office.
We both started around the same time and we've been a lot of places and seen a lot of work together. And I mean a lot of work! She has been a mentor, the dearest of all colleagues, and more than all of that, a real true friend. I'm a lucky, better man for knowing her and I love her to bits. 
— Tony Reekie, Chief Executive, Imaginate

Mary—how is it possible that as you celebrate your 20th anniversary at the helm of the New Vic, Tall Stories celebrate our 20th year of existence? It's crazy to think back all those years ago to the first time we met you at IPAY 2002 in Philadelphia after our performance of Snow White. After booking the show, you invited us to New York to have a look at the New Vic and you walked us around the venue. We played it as calmly as we could. When you left the room for a moment—all five of us turned to each other and let out a little scream. Did you hear? We always wondered if you had…
— Olivia​ Jacobs​ and Toby​ Mitchell, Joint Artistic Directors, Tall Stories

 

Mary Rose Lloyd
Mary giving opening remarks at the Scottish Theater Forum in 2009. 
There are certain people that you meet in life that just feel like "home." The professional and the personal relationship is not "work." It just is. Mary is one of those people. I just want to hang out with her, eat a bucket of chicken and talk about hair dye. I simply adore her.
— Michael Bobbitt​, Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre MTC

Mary Rose, you have changed all of our lives, inspired the heck out of us and challenged us to be better! My life was forever changed by those weeks in that van as we bounced across the backroads of the Netherlands meeting incredible artists, seeing rehearsals, having dinners and getting to know all of those traveling in the van far too well. I remember laughing myself sick, eating far too much Dutch licorice and feeling like the luckiest guy on the planet to be hanging out with folks like Mary and Tony Reekie. Thanks for kicking our behinds. Thanks for traveling to the furthest corners of the planet to make us see with the eyes of kids and to know just how much we had to change in the USA. You can never stop, you are just getting warmed up. You have been the greatest friend, ally and guide that anyone could want. Thanks for bringing your heart, your critical eye and your fabulous laugh to every moment and for sharing it all so generously. U R DA BEST!
— Peter Brosius, Artistic Director, Children's Theatre Company

While at PennPAT, Mary served on our roster review panel and really provided a terrific lens for viewing traditional theater, physical theater and family programming. I had been contemplating more consulting work with artists, particularly those who created quality programming for young audiences, and Mary was a wonderful resource. She sat down with me that winter and really helped me get clear on my vision, trends in the field, artists to watch and how I could serve; and this ultimately guided me when I took my consulting in the direction of artist management and representation. Through the years she's continued to be a voice for quality family programming and a guide to so many of us who are looking to give this work more mainstream outlets. Congrats on 20 years, Mary! Thank you for all you do!
— Chrissie DiAngelus, Marketing Mentor, Piccadilly Arts
 

 

Mary Rose Lloyd
Mary with her artistic programming team!
I shared almost all my time on the board of IPAY with Mary. She was always generous with both her knowledge and her contacts whenever we were together and I always have appreciated that. She has introduced me to many companies and colleagues over the years; a value that is hard to calculate. Congratulations on 20 years, Mary. All the best form the wilds of New Jersey.
— Alan Liddell, Director of the Nash Theatre, Raritan Valley Community College

20 years! That is incredible. I suppose for me the thing I love about Mary is that she is really upfront about what she likes and what she doesn't. It's refreshingly straightforward. She will still manage to compliment the work, but if it doesn't work for her you know it. Oh, and she is always good for a restaurant tip, too, which is a tremendous skill in itself. Go Mary—here's to the next 20!
— Andy Manley, Creator and Performer, White 

20th Anniversary!?!? Already!?!? Wow I feel old… I remember attending a theater festival in Lyon that first year Mary was in her position at The New Victory. It was 10 days of seeing an excellent array of work along with food, wine and shopping. She became a treasured colleague and friend from that moment. Mary sets the bar as a curator and programmer for children’s performing arts; she personifies excellence both personally and professionally. I salute her and raise a toast to another 20 brilliant years!
— Leanne Tintori Wells, Dance Program Director, NYSCA

In this Family Activity you will invent something new like Jules Verne, make your own gyre and create a toy theater adaptation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea! For each show during the 2016-17 Season, we'll be posting a new Family Activity. Bookmark NewVictory.org/FamilyActivities to discover how you and your family can continue your theatergoing experiences at home.

You can find all of our past Family Activities (and more!) at Pinterest.com/NewVictory

Jules Verne Inventions

Jules Verne, the author of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is one of most important writers of science fiction. Verne shocked the world with tales of gadgets and vehicles that, years later, would eventually take shape in reality. In this Family Activity, challenge yourself to invent something that you think would exist 100 years from now—in the year 2116! 

Materials: Piece of paper, writing utensil 

Step One: As a family, learn about certain pieces of technology that Jules Verne predicted in his writing! 

Submarines
In Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Verne's Captain Nemo travels the world's oceans in a giant underwater boat—a submarine. Submarines were first invented in 1620, but Verne's submarine had advantages and comforts unimaginable in his time. The first comparable undersea vessel appeared in 1939!

Newscasts
In the year 1889, Jules Verne described an alternative to newspapers: "Instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every morning spoken to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, learn the news of the day." The first newscast didn't happen until 1920—nearly 30 years after Verne imagined it!

FaceTime/Skype
In 1889, Jules Verne described the "phonotelephote." The phonotelephote allowed "the transmission of images by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires." Verne's phonotelephote is one of the earliest reference to a videophone in fiction. You could even consider it a precursor to video calling technologies like FaceTime and Skype!

Discuss these questions:
  • What would be different about our world without submarines, newscasts and video calling?
  • How do you think Jules Verne came up with these ideas?

Step 2: Now it's time for you to predict your own invention. Imagine what will exist in the year 2116 and draw a prototype.

Step 3: Share it with your family and discuss how your life would change if it existed!
 

Make Your Own Gyre

This production explores the ocean's role in climate change, both in 1866 and in 2016. In this activity, get scientific and explore the world not on the land! 

Materials: Two plastic one-liter bottles, water, duct tape, metal washer, small items like confetti or glitter, monopoly houses or tiny styrofoam balls

Step One: Fill a one-liter bottle to the top with water and add a few pieces of small materials. Attach a washer to the mouth of the bottle.

Step One
Step Two: Place another one-liter bottle on top of the water-filled bottle, so that the washer sits in place between the two.
Step Two
Step Three: Use duct tape and tape the two bottles and washer in place. Make sure that the connection is as sturdy as possible and that the duct tape does not allow any bending.

Step Three
Step Four: Turn the bottles over so that the filled bottle is on top. Swirl the water clockwise or counter-clockwise. The water should form a tornado and drain into the other bottle. This circular current in the water is a small-scale version of the enormous gyres in Earth's oceans.

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Step Five: Now that you have created your own version of a gyre, watch this video about gyres in the oceans and how garbage trapped in them affects our environment. You can also visit HaltonRecycles and Greener Ideal to learn even more about them. 

Step Six: After watching the video, have a conversation with your family:
  • Did you know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Is there anything your family can do to address it? Why or why not?
  • What role do humans play in climate change and what specifically affects the oceans? 
  • What is your family's relationship to the environment?
  • What do you think will happen to our Earth if things continue to move in this direction?
BONUS: Interested in learning even more about water quality? Check out these websites and organizations recommended by Kidoons.  

Toy Story

The production of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea at The New Victory Theater is an inventive adaptation of the original story. The company, Kidoons, uses projection, toy theater (small puppets acting out the story on a small scale and then projecting them on a screen) and time travel to tell their version.

Materials: Toys, a phone with video-recording capabilities

Step One: Read the following summaries of action points in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. 

Act I
 
Act II
 
Step Two: Pick an action point from the play to re-enact with some toys. 

Toy Theater
A scene from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Now it's time to make your own toy theater! Photo: Itai Erdal

Get as creative as possible! Use any items from your home to create your set. Use a cup as the submarine or a bowl of water for the underwater scenes! 

Step Three: Film your toy theater moment and put it on Instagram with the hashtag #TwentyThousandLeagues.

In addition to theatermaking, Kidoons and WYRD have also created online educational tools and web series that translate themes of well-known plays for younger audiences. They even made one for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea! Check it out here and explore some of the multimedia and projection that will appear in the performance, see more cartoons with Captain Nemo and more! 
 

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! 
 
Twitter   How did your gyre and toy theater turn out?
Share a photo of them with us on Instagram or Twitter, #TwentyThousandLeagues.
Facebook   What did you invent?
Like us on Facebook and tell us what you thought up!


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Posted by Beth Henderson

Often we have artists return to the New Vic again and again. Sometimes they're actors, sometimes they're entire companies, but this time we have a puppeteer returning! Shawn Kettner's work was last seen in Comet in Moominland during our 2007-08 season. This year, she and the cast of the visually stunning Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea will be kicking off our season. 

We caught up with Shawn to hear how she first became interested in puppets, where the soul of the puppet lives and what exactly is the greatest part of creating puppets for the theater!

 

1. What does puppetry convey that live actors can't?

Puppetry frees the performer from the physical constraints of the human shape. A puppet can be anything; it can vary in texture, be any size or shape and is only limited by your imagination.

2. When did you start working with puppets and why?

At the age of 15, as an extension to my studies of kids' theater, I enrolled in a puppet making class at Manitoba Theatre Workshop. At 16, I became a teaching assistant and by 18 I was teaching five classes per week. Turns out I loved to teach! At 20, I decided to actually try putting together a show so I established a professional puppet company that toured in Canada.

3. What is your favorite part of making puppets? Do you have a favorite style of puppetry?

I love watching the puppets come to life in the workshop, and then placing them in the hands of professional puppeteers and watching their personalities emerge.

I prefer the style of hand puppetry; the soul of the puppet is the hand of the puppeteer.

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea opens our 2016-17 season! Photo: Claus Anderson
4. What or who inspires your work?

My first inspiration came from my teachers and mentors, Christopher Hurley, Artistic Director of the Manitoba Puppet Theatre, and Deborah Baer Moses, a director/educator from Philadelphia and my kid's theater teacher. More recently I have been inspired by the work of The Handspring Puppet Company, the puppet designers and builders of Warhorse.
 
5. Can you tell us about the creative process of making a puppet?


Puppets are tools to tell a story. The process starts with the story or the play. The first question that needs to be looked at is, "What does the puppet need to do?" Then we can start thinking about how it should be constructed and how the puppet should look. It is important to start with the skeleton; the bones or mechanics of the puppet. The skinning or covering of the puppet is what the audience sees and is often designed in collaboration with directors and other designers.

It is a magical process to take simple materials and watch them come alive. The best part is adding the eyes and having the puppet look back at you and say, "Hi!" 

 

Comet in Moominland
Comet in Moominland from the Manitoba Theater for Young People during our 2007-08 Season. 
6. What was your favorite puppet to design?

That is a very hard question. I have made thousands of puppets over more than 40 years. The puppets from Comet in Moominland are very dear to me, but I also have a soft spot for George and Martha, two large hippo puppets I built for Carousel Players of St. Catherines, ON. 
 
7. The last show you were here for was Comet in Moominland. Tell us about that experience and what it's like to return to the New Vic!


What fun to get off the subway at Times Square and look up and see a poster with my Moomin puppet just down the street! It was a wonderful rush. I'm looking forward to returning to the New Vic, this time with my daughter Samantha and husband Peter who worked with me on the puppets for Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Besides a theaterical puppet designer, Shawn Kettner is also the designer and owner of Patient Puppets Inc., a company that builds anatomically correct puppets that demonstrate medical conditions to kids in hospitals and clinics around the world, www.patientpuppets.mb.ca.
 
 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Want to see Shawn's work in action? Join us for Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea for the inventive retelling of Jules Verne's classic novel!
 
Posted by Beth Henderson

For over twenty years, The New Victory Theater has been presenting a variety of shows for kids and their families. During the 2016-17 Season expect to see everything from dancing penguins to dazzling magic! With 16 shows coming to Times Square, it can be difficult to pick the perfect combination. That's why we're here to help. 

This colorful quiz is made with you in mind. Just answer some simple questions to find the perfect variety of shows for your family. 

The best part? By buying tickets to three (or more) shows, you earn a New Victory Membership!  This gives you our best discount (for up to 35% off) and Members receive invitations to special events, free exchanges and other great benefits
 


We're looking forward to seeing you and your family on 42nd Street this season! For additional assistance, our Ticket Services representatives are prepped and ready to give recommendations based on your family's interests. You can reach them at 646.223.3010 or at Ticket_Services@NewVictory.org!
 
New Victory Thumb Want to check out more shows? Make sure to read about what's in store for the rest of our season!
 
Posted by Beth Henderson

2016-17 SeasonWe want your family's visits to the New Vic to be memorable AND affordable. We've heard from you that kids like having a memento of the show and parents like having inexpensive merchandise that fits that bill. So this year, we've got something new you might want to check out—New Victory Show Badges—and they're only $1! Commemorate your New Vic visit with these limited edition, embroidered badges designed specifically for each show. Sew them, pin them or iron them on—how you show your New Vic pride is up to you.

You don't even have to be a Scout to love them! Check out all fifteen show badges below. Each one will only be available for purchase before and after its corresponding show, and supplies will be limited. When you start your collection, snap a picture and tag us on InstagramFacebook or Twitter so we can see how you rock your #NewVicBadge.

 
Twenty Thousand Leauges Mr. Popper
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Mr. Popper's Penguins Chotto Desh
Paper Dreams Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic Mother Africa: My Home
Oh Boy! Elephant & Piggie's We are in a Play Water on Mars
Aging Magician The Way Back Home Caesar & X
Something Nivelli's War Grug and the Rainbow
 
 
New Victory Thumb Are any of these shows unfamiliar to you? Make sure to read up on our season here to pick the perfect performances for your family!
 
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 Rachel Pang. 

Rachel Pang My favorite show at The New Victory was…
The Light Princess! The music in the show was catchy and I love that it was a fairy tale. The characters were all interesting and funny, especially the witch.

The show I’m most excited for this season is...
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic because I really like magic tricks. Plus the dog looks really cute!

The thing I like most about being an usher is…    
Meeting people who are very different from me. Diversity helps us gain new perspectives and become more understanding.    

My favorite memory from working as an usher was... 
During Bello Mania, there was a little girl who was running around and her mother trusted me to keep an eye on her. By the time they were leaving, she didn't want to say goodbye to me.

I always knew I wanted to work with children, but deep down I had some doubts. This experience not only made me enjoy my job more, but also helped me be more certain about my future career!

My dream job would be… 
A teacher. I always wanted to be a lawyer, but as I got older I realized that it's not like television. I'd rather work with children and have a positive impact on them.

What was your favorite story as a kid?
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon because I related to the protagonist. I was always scared about getting mean teachers!

What was your favorite subject in school?
History because I had a great teacher in high school and I think it's important to learn about the past!

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not at work?
I love hanging out with my friends and going to the library

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
Remaining calm and polite when tensions are running high. 

Who inspires you and why?
My father. He's very open-minded and is always proud of me, even when I don't think I did much. I want to continue making him proud!

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


The New Victory Theater's 2016-17 Season starts off with a splash with Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea​! You may not know this, but this show has elements of the Jules Verne classic plus more. It tells the story of our hero, Jules, as he enacts his favorite book, Twenty Thousand Leagues. Suddenly he's transported into the story and must help save the day!

Though this is a purely fictional tale, co-writer Craig Francis passionately connects Twenty Thousand Leauges to a true danger facing the world: water pollution. We spoke to him about what initially inspired him, what water pollution is and how we, as New Yorkers, can help stop this dangerous threat to our planet.

1. When people think of water pollution, their first thought isn't a Jules Verne novel. How did you make a connection between the two?

Craig Francis
Craig Francis getting in touch with his inner Captain Nemo!

I found it interesting in the original novel when Jules Verne writes about Captain Nemo leaving land for the ocean. No one had been able to travel undersea before this time and Verne was speculating on oxygen tanks and submarines...and many of his visions came true! He also saw the oceans as a pure, unexplored frontier. Now, in 2016, there are all sorts of things underwater, from submersibles to oil rigs to robots. We've discovered so much, but we've also polluted so much.

In this version of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, we can connect what we've done to the oceans to the things we had already done on land that upset Nemo. When you see the show, you can also see how our character Jules's presence pollutes his favorite story and also think about how negativity pollutes the human spirit.

2. What exactly is water pollution? 

Water pollution happens when foreign substances are released into water bodies: lakes, rivers and oceans. It's not only garbage thrown on beaches or into water, but also things washed into wastewater from homes and businesses or runoff from land. 

3. Where does water pollution come from? If humans are to blame, what specific actions cause it?

Water pollution can come from natural sources such as animal manure or mudslides, but we humans are to blame in a massive way: imagine how everything you throw down your sinks, showers and toilets goes into wastewater systems. Industrial and agricultural waste drains into wastewater as well. Water filtration catches large solids, but things like cleaning fluids can all end up in your local water body. 

 

Water Cycle Summary
Get familiar with the water cycle!
4. How does water pollution affect our earth? What are the different ways we can see it? 

Water exists in a cycle so putting human waste and sewage into the same water we drink from spreads diseases, like cholera. This has encouraged human inventions such as water pipes and filtration to stop diseases. Waste also fertilizes bacteria, which can make lakes unswimmable or toxic to drink. Even worse, decomposing algae can use all the oxygen in the water, causing ocean "dead zones" like the one where the Mississippi empties into the Gulf of Mexico, in which no fish or animals can live.

5. What is the garbage patch and how did it first develop?

The Garbage Patch that Professor talks about in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is a real thing: it's a huge, slow whirlpool of plastic particles. Plastic breaks down very slowly into particles, and plastic that is in the ocean gets caught in currents like the North Pacific Gyre. This garbage patch in the Pacific is about the size of Texas. Some plastics are eaten by fish, and some plastics even absorb poisons which are passed into the fish. Some animals get caught in larger pieces: birds get caught in the plastic rings from soda cans and dolphins can get tangled in plastic nets. Check out what the North Pacific Gyre looks like in the graphic below!

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

6. Is there a way to reverse the damage done to the ocean? 

There are many ways we can help. For example, most of the world's nations have banned whale-hunting and that stopped whales from going extinct. Also, we protect marine areas from development by turning them into marine sanctuaries, and this allows coral and fish to recover. There are also many choices you can make in your own life to reduce the harm we do to oceans and all water systems. 

7. What can kids and their families do to stop pollution? Are there NYC organizations that are trying to help?

So you want to become a New Atlantean and work for solutions? Excellent! Before you decide on your missions for Captain Nemo, you can be inspired by the scientists we've interviewed at the Science Lab on the Nautilus. What can you do right now? Follow these three steps!

  • Only flush waste and toilet paper down the toilet. 
  • Learn about sustainable seafood and what to buy.
  • Try your hardest to use less plastic and use biodegradable products and packaging.

Oyster FactsFor organizations protecting oceans and other waters, The Waterkeeper Alliance has chapters all over American and Canada focusing on keeping local rivers and lakes clean. It was founded in 1966 right here in New York to protect the fish in the Hudson River from going extinct from pollution. If you want to be specific, you can help restore lost species. Did you know that the keystone species of New York Harbor was the oyster? With The Billion Oyster Project, New York students are working to re-populate the harbor with 1 billion new oysters! Or, if you want to go big picture, you can check out Earth Day and the major issues of our blue planet.
 


 
Craig Francis Craig Francis is the co-writer and producer of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. He is a writer, illustrator and actor whose works have been enjoyed by millions of children worldwide. He is the creator of the Kidoons web series Jerry Muskrat's Greatest Lakes Adventures and director of Kidoons content and character development. He has designed campaigns for Performing Arts Centers and hundreds of shows from Plácido Domingo to BOWFIRE to Cineplex Big Screen Events. He has collaborated with Rick Miller’s WYRD Productions on creative direction for the branding and marketing for hit shows from MacHomer to BOOM. Craig co-founded two improvisation troupes in Montreal, touring nationally and performing in five Just For Laughs Festivals, including as its spokesman. Craig has illustrated several books, including in the Complete Idiot's Guide series, and Hire Power by Karen Schaffer. He has appeared as a guest on CBC, CTV and Global, and his voice is heard in several animated series and games. Photo: Jeff Lord
 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Do you want to become a New Atlantean? Join us for Twenty Thousand Leauges Under the Sea—the inventive retelling of Jules Verne's classic novel!
 
Posted by Beth Henderson