It's summertime, and here at The New Victory we're busy getting ready for our upcoming season. All summer long, we're offering fun Summer Field Guides for you to celebrate being a kid in New York. Get inspired by the activities below and start getting in the mood for the shows to come!
In this double issue, we celebrate Ratcatcher's Day
on July 22nd and Vanilla Ice Cream Day
on July 23rd.
July 22nd - Ratcatcher's Day
Like it or not, New York City has its fair share of rats. The famous Pied Piper was fabled to lead all the rats of Hamelin away from town with his irresistible fluting—a tactic that probably won't work in the five boroughs. Here are some activities that celebrate Ratcatcher's Day, in honor of Carlo Colla & Sons Marionette Company, who are bringing their performance of THE PIED PIPER
to The New Victory next May.
Make a Rat Marionette
It's best to steer clear of real rats, so here are some instructions for making your own rat marionette. First, print out the rat design below, or design your own similar rat in the same number of pieces (head, body, legs, tail).
Download a PDF
of this rat marionette design for printing. Page 2 shows an assembled version!
Cut out the pieces and attach them to one another with brads like so:
Tape or tie string to the parts of the marionette that you want to manipulate. We recommend the head and the base of the tail:
Make an "airplane" control for your marionette out of popsicle sticks, pens or unsharpened pencils, using tape or glue to secure the bars together. Then tie your strings to each end:
You're done! Take your rat for a walk, but don’t frighten too many people.
We often think of rats as being part of a crowd, but every rat is an individual! Now that you’ve made your own rat, start thinking about the following questions. Then share your rat’s biography with us on Facebook!
The Rodent Family
- What's your rat's name?
- Where does your rat live?
- What did your rat get for its birthday?
- What's your rat's favorite flavor of ice cream?
- How does your rat like to spend summer vacation?
- Which subway line does your rat like best? Why?
- What do your rat's parents do for a living?
- Who are your rat's heroes?
Rats have many rodent cousins, including mice, squirrels, hamsters, beavers and porcupines! Do you have cousins? Draw a portrait of your extended family in the family room frame below, and see how many distant relations you can think of.
Download a PDF
of this family room frame to print at home for portraiture.
||We can't wait for Carlo Colla & Sons to return to the New Vic next spring with THE PIED PIPER. Mark your calendars, and bring along your marionette to join in the puppeteering fun.
July 23rd – Vanilla Ice Cream Day
In November, Catherine Wheels Theatre Company returns to The New Victory with WHITE
, which was last here in 2011. What better opportunity to prepare ourselves for the many shades and textures of WHITE than by celebrating Vanilla Ice Cream Day? It is summertime, after all.
Vanilla ice cream has a bland reputation, but it’s not so boring as you might think! There’s black-speckled vanilla bean ice cream, custardy french vanilla, and even tangy vanilla frozen yogurt. Here’s a map
of some of New York’s newest ice cream parlors. And here’s an article
detailing some of New York’s more established confectionary greats citywide, from Forest Hills to Staten Island.
The Ice Cream Makers
You don't need a fancy ice cream making machine to make your own delicious summer treats at home. You can make ice cream with things you already have in the kitchen! Just follow these easy steps—stirring is key:
- Find a recipe! There are lots out there. Here’s a good one with optional vanilla bean involved, and here’s a non-dairy vegan one.
- Freeze a pan or shallow bowl—you’ll need it later.
- Combine your ingredients in a large bowl according to the recipe.
- Chill the mixture in the refrigerator, or in an ice bath for a faster result (TIP: Fill your sink with ice water).
- Pour your chilled mixture into your pre-cooled pan, and return it to the freezer.
- Check it every 30 minutes. As the edges freeze, stir the mixture vigorously with a whisk, spatula or fork.
- Repeat this twice-hourly stirring action four or five times. Soften the mixture briefly in the refrigerator if it become too hard to stir.
- Once it’s creamy and consistent, you’re done! Cover it and return it to the freezer.
- Eat, eat, eat!
In anticipation of WHITE, Andy Manley of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company was joined by his co-star, Egg, in this video:
As you can see, Egg is a bit shy. Let’s make him some little egg friends to cheer him up! Grab an egg and some markers, and start decorating (TIP: Hard-boiling your egg first will make it more durable).
When your egg is ready, you can enjoy some vanilla ice cream together! Take a selfie with your egg and an ample serving of vanilla ice cream, and share it with us on Instagram @NewVictoryTheater
or Twitter @NewVictory
. We’ll be sure to pass it along to Andy and Egg.
||Then, when summertime has ended and November’s chill is in the air, come along to the New Vic to experience the magical world of WHITE. It will be too cold for ice cream, but Egg will see you there.