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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 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 teens in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program here!

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 Richard Lascelles from Kingston, Jamaica. 
 

What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was The Old Man and the Old Moon. It was the first show that I ever saw at The New Victory so it will always be special to me.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
I really enjoy talking to the patrons because they always have wonderful stories about their experiences at The New Victory.

My dream job would be…
It is my dream to be a counselor because I enjoyed being a peer leader for the freshman class at my high school. Being a strong leader and setting a good example for other kids made me realize that I want to help kids. 

My love of theater started…
When I saw The Old Man and the Old Moon right here at the New Vic.

What’s your favorite subject in school?
Math is my favorite subject because I’ve always loved numbers.

What’s your favorite song right now?
"She's Gone" by Bob Marley. I love to listen to music when I'm not at work. 

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
My favorite place in NYC is The New Victory Theater. This place is special to me because of the usher program which has helped me to become less shy and smile more. At the New Vic, my co-workers are not just co-workers, they’re my family and I'll never forget them. 

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing for me is overcoming my shyness in order to better help patrons. I am continuing to conquer this challenge to this day.

Describe your dream vacation
I want to go back to Kingston, Jamaica, spend time with my family there, and go to the greatest summer music festival–Sumfest.
 
 
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson

For many New Vic families, #LoveOfTheater starts here. From our technicians to our performers, everyone strives to create lasting memories for our audiences. After all, everyone remembers when they first fell in love and every story is unique. The nine company members of our upcoming acrobatic spectacle Something, share what #LoveOfTheater means to them. What does it mean to you?

Something TrioDavide Agostini, the founder of Liberi Di… Theater Company, falls deeper in love with theater whenever he feels the audience’s energy. "It's being on stage and realizing that the audience is not only there to see you perform, but is also attentive, amazed, and amused."

Valentina Marino agrees, "It's the adrenaline rush that you get right before a performance, seconds before you step on stage, and the response that you get back from the audience. Theater is inexhaustible. It requires daily sacrifice to make sure that you are always doing your best."

"Love of Theater is beyond words–it's what drives you to forget about the pain, the hard work and life's instability," Antonio Paris continues. "My love of theater inspires me to improve my craft every day and always do my best. I love sharing my passion for theater with audiences."

Despite the sacrifices and uncertainties involved in performing, Mauro Ardenti feels that he found a new home through performing. "The theater is a safe place for me. I feel at home when I’m on stage, safe and free to bare my soul. There are no barriers between me and the audience, and I can feel their energy. I am thankful for that at every performance."

Eleni Quartana also emphasizes how the stage feels like home. "To me, it means that the stage is a place without prejudice where you can be free to express yourself without disguise." She likes to remind herself that "life is a play–we play, sing and dance every day of our lives!"

Not everyone has the luxury of being completely head over heals for their job, Elisa Bazzocchi realizes, "My love for theater runs through my veins. It makes me realize every day how lucky I am to be passionate about my job."

Something Cast"I like to bring something fresh and unique to every performance," says Francesca Mottola. "For  me, theater is an exchange of energy with the audience. I give the audience my emotions and they give theirs back."

Bledar Radonshiqi feels that something is missing when he's offstage, “For me, theater is life. I feel safe when I'm doing it. I miss it if I'm not performing. It’s the place I always want to be."

Marco Ticli sums up his #LoveOfTheater by celebrating every aspect of performing, from the audience to the lights to the excitement! "It's the entire experience of being in the theater. I cherish every moment: the lights, music and scenery. There's nothing that compares to the moment right before a show, when you know all of the excitement is about to begin."

Come and experience the excitement yourself with Something
 
Something Something is playing at The New Victory Theater from March 31-April 16th. #LoveOfTheater starts here!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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