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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.

The 2016-17 SeasonLast season, we dove 20,000 leagues under the sea, danced through the streets of Bangladesh, celebrated the holidays with acrobats from Africa and partied with a worrisome elephant, a very excited piggie and a host of other colorful characters. Companies from 11 different countries inspired New Yorkers from every borough to share a smile, gasp and giggle.

Through our education programs, students from 179 New York City schools explored each show's themes and art forms in exactly 3,000 pre- and post-show workshops with our talented Teaching Artists. 

All in all, 110,000 New Yorkers nurtured a #LoveofTheater with The New Victory, and here’s what they had to say:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea might be the most creative show we have seen in the past 5 years. It was totally original and felt like the future of theatrical drama and storytelling. –Keith T.

I loved the performance of Chotto Desh—what an extraordinary performer and production.  The New Victory is a wonderful performance space, because it feels so intimate. The moment I walked into the theater, the staff members were welcoming. –Betty R.

In a brief close-up routine ... there's real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures … But Mr. Bishop's enthusiasm is for larger illusions. He can teleport his assistant, he can vaporize a dog, he can walk through a wall ... 'That's not real!' gasped the 6-year-old pal I'd brought with me. – New York Times review of Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic

Life may hold no guarantees, but unless the roof falls in at The New Victory Theater, you're pretty much assured a swell time at Mother Africa: My Home … My gadget-addicted 13-year-old was rapt, alternately laughing and gasping at the stunts. Only when she left the theater did she pull out her cellphone—to rave about the show to her friends.  – New York Times review of Mother Africa

Oh Boy was a great production. The actor was amazing, engaging and captivating. The wonderful script was able to convey deep feelings and family dynamics through a one man show. – Miri S.

Thank you for bringing Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play to New York! It was an amazing experience for my daughter because she learned how to read through the Elephant and Piggie books. We enjoyed making the Piggie headband, dancing with the New Vic ushers and taking pictures with the actors. –Natasa M.

Liam was transfixed. He sat forward in his seat, exclaimed in joy and surprise and even forgot to ask incessant questions throughout the show … The show continued to amaze and astound, looking less like a juggling display than frenetic athletes setting off fireworks. –NYC Dads Group review of Water on Mars

I have the greatest confidence that all who see The Aging Magician at The New Victory Theater will be shocked by how beautiful this show is. – BroadwayWorld review of The Aging Magician

It was our first time at The New Victory Theater and it will not be our last … [We] try to expose him as much as possible to the culture that the city has to offer, taking him to see live performances is something I want to do more of. This will be the perfect place to start! –Donuts, Dresses & Dirt review of Something

 

Right now, we're working hard to get ready for the 2017-18 Season. As we look back fondly on the incredible year we spent together, what was your favorite memory? Share it with us by commenting below or connecting with us on Facebook
Posted by Beth Henderson
June 18, 2015

Dads Rock!


We get so much great feedback here at The New Victory, from parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles—even from kids themselves. But this week we'd like to highlight one group in particular—dads! Father’s Day is this Sunday, so let's take a moment to celebrate all those amazing dads in our New Vic family. Whether it’s accompanying their kids to a performance, joining in the fun at a pre-show Arts Express event, or participating at full throttle in a Family Workshop, these dads give it their all. And they aren’t afraid to share it!



We see some of our most energetic dads at Family Workshops. In March, at a Family Acrobatics workshop, New Victory Teaching Artist WT McRae invited families to explore various partner yoga poses, slowly building up to acrobatic balances that required each other's support. Rick, the father of two 8-year-olds, told us afterwards that "the best part of these workshops is working together with new people and trusting that we can make new friends!"
 
Two dads show off their comedy chops in a Clowning Family Workshop.

Our Songwriting Family Workshop in April inspired similar enthusiasm. Teaching Artist Drew Petersen led the group through a series of musical and rhythmic warmups before helping them collectively write the lyrics to a song about springtime in New York City! After learning the entire song, the families created rock star costumes out of newspaper and got to rock out to their song. This was the part that Gene, the father of a 5-year-old, found most fun. "The best part of today was dressing up," he said, "and being rock stars." The song turned out pretty well, too! Take a listen below.
 
Families make newspaper rocker costumes in our Songwriting Family Workshop.

Some dads take what they learn at our Family Workshops and really run with it. At our Design for Theater Family Workshop in March, one father pulled our Education staff aside to say how much he loved the workshop. "The whole thing was amazing!" A frequent participant, and clearly a fan, he said that we have the best Teaching Artists—not a bad one in the bunch—and that he and his son always have the best time. So much so, in fact, that they started a small community group in Connecticut for local kids and their families to come together on the weekends for an artistic challenge, and that their most recent one had involved shadow puppetry! 
 
More clowning fun with fathers and sons at a Family Workshop.

We couldn’t be happier for the feedback we receive from all parents. But, in the spirit of Father’s Day, let’s just admit it. Dads rock! Have a great New Vic memory that involves dads and their kids? Share it with us on Facebook. Or make some new memories at one of our upcoming Family Workshops. Happy Father's Day, everyone!
Posted by Zack Ramadan
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