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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

Written by Auriane Desombre, Spring 2017 Communications Apprentice

The New Victory Theater prides itself on its interactive activities and enriching programs for kids and their families. However, it's rare that we get to see kids performing up on our stage. This season is the exception with 26 kids under the age of fourteen taking their bows in Aging Magician! Narrating the opera-theater work, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus joins Harold onstage as he reflects on his unusual life. Giving us the inside scoop are two members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Mariana (12) and Andrei (13).

Mariana"Aging Magician—it's complicated." Mariana says. "It's about this man who has a heart attack on the subway, and throughout the show he goes between being in reality, and being in a story he is writing. He remembers things from his childhood and rediscovers the magic of his life. There are so many different aspects to discover."

"It fills me with a sense of both melancholy and joy since it's a very profound piece," Andrei tells us. "It’s a beautiful piece of music that combines songs with theater and even puppetry to illustrate a man reflecting on his life, memories and aspirations."

Mariana wholeheartedly agrees, "It's just an amazing show that I love a lot."

Joining the show as part of the chorus comes with a lot of challenges, and requires a whole new way of thinking about your performance. "When you're working in an ensemble, you always feel that you have to be more reliable," Andrei says. "You not only think about if what you’re doing will help you, but how will it affect the larger ensemble." Of course, as members of a chorus dedicated to artistic innovation, these performers are more than up to the task.

The Brooklyn Youth Chorus has been working on Aging Magician for three years, so bringing the show to life has been a long process. Being a part of that creative journey can be the most rewarding part of the performance, though. As Mariana says, there's nothing like seeing the results of your creativity coming together to make you feel inspired.

Andrei"I feel like the show is a puppet in itself. You're putting it together, creating its personality, and creating the way that it moves and speaks," Mariana explains. "The way we do that makes me feel like I have a part in that 'puppet' and its way of life."

Taking that "puppet" and performing in front of a live audience might sound daunting to many, but Mariana and Andrei feel right at home onstage. "The stage is like a home away from home,” Mariana says. "It just brings a familiar feeling to me that I love."

The New Victory stage certainly feels like home to Andrei. When he saw a show at the New Vic for the first time, he was so enthralled by the performance that he told his dad,  "Wow, I'd really like to do that when I grow up!" Andrei is thrilled to be living out his dream on the New Vic stage, where he was first inspired to become a performer.

For Mariana, the New Vic stage comes with another ingredient—the audience. "The fact that we’re performing for kids that look up to us makes it even better. To see the wonder on their faces—I can't wait."

Neither can we! Come see Aging Magician next week to catch Mariana, Andrei, and the rest of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in action on the New Vic stage.
 
 
New Victory Thumb Auriane Desombre studies English at NYU, where she's wrapping up her senior year with an honors thesis. Outside of her classes, she reviews theater for Stagebuddy, and has written for Cracked and Urbanette. Her favorite writing collaboration thus far, though, would be the time Lin-Manuel Miranda replied to one of her tweets.
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