Play a game with your family, create subway art inspired by your life and craft a time capsule in this Family Activity! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog
and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory
tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. What are your memories? What are your aspirations? How do you want to be remembered? In this activity, use your memory and imagination to answer questions about each other's past and future.
Printable template, markers, scissors, brad fastener
Print out a copy of this two-page template for each member of your family.
On the gear template, draw memories from the past in three random triangles.
Draw three aspirations for the future in the three remaining triangles.
Fold the paper in half on the dotted line and cut out the gear. Then cut out the wedged circle from the second page of the template and attach the two shapes together with a brad fastener.
Take turns spinning the wheel to a random drawing—keep whether it's a memory or an aspiration a secret! Ask each other these questions:
- What are you feeling in this drawing?
- Why did you decide to draw this specific moment?
- Who's with you in this drawing?
- What happened right before this moment?
- What happens after this moment?
After you have talked about each of your gears, reveal which drawings were memories and which were aspirations. Were there any surprises? Were there any patterns? Were there any similarities between each other's gears?
As the story of the Aging Magician
unfolds, we visit many subway stops on a journey to Coney Island. In this activity, think of your commute and create an allegory for your family to decorate your subway stop.
Step One: Aging Magician
is an allegory on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life. Accompanied by a string quartet and members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Aging Magician
is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theater, puppetry, instrument-making and scenic design to create this work of opera-theater.
||What's an allegory?
||noun (plural allegories)
||A story, poem or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.
Watch this trailer for Aging Magician
from Beth Morrison Projects and have a conversation about where you see symbols, stories, poems and pictures. What do you think the hidden meanings might be?
From mosaics to stained glass to sculptures, there is artwork throughout the New York City subways. Here are some examples below. Have you seen these pieces of art? Why do you think they are in the subway?
Top to bottom: 72nd Street (N/Q), Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue (D/F/N/Q), 14th Street (A/C/E)
Choose one of the examples above or pick your own. Think about these questions:
- How does this art make you feel?
- What do you think inspired the artist to create this piece of art?
- Why did they choose this piece of art for this specific subway stop?
- Could this piece of art be an allegory? Is there a deeper symbolic meaning? What is it?
Design a piece of subway art that is an allegory for your family's life. What symbols represent who you are as a family? Use art supplies around your house to design your family's piece.
In Aging Magician
, a string quartet and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus help Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Create a music playlist for your commute. Choose a song for each subway stop. While you ride, listen along!
One of the major themes in Aging Magician
is time. Create a family time capsule to capture this moment in time!
Printable worksheet, pens, paper, container (a shoebox, an envelope—it depends on what you decide to put inside!)
Have a conversation with your family using these questions as prompts:
- What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?
- What kind of person do you hope to be by the end of this year?
- Think of an object you own that has a significant memory attached to it. Why did you choose this item?
- If we were to create a family time capsule (with an expiration date of one year), and we could only choose three things to put inside, what would those three things be?
Go around your home and collect things you would want to include in your time capsule.
On a piece of paper, write a letter to your future selves. Include the goals and aspirations that you discussed in Step One. These letters will be included in your time capsule, too!
Print and fill out this worksheet for inclusion in your time capsule:
Decide on a container that will fit the objects you have chosen to include. Place the objects inside and seal it up. Then write the "Do Not Open Until" date on it: one year from the day you do the activity. Set a calendar reminder as well!
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 and Talk-Backs!
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