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Facilities manager Jaymie Bowles takes us through the most exciting additions to our new lobby and reveals what it's like to bring such an in-depth project like this to life!
 
Jaymie Bowles
As the new facility manager at The New Victory Theater, my job is to manage the operations of the theater's maintenance, cleaning, project management and construction. Since I recently joined the New Vic, I only experienced the original lobby space for a few, short months before we began construction. Though I didn't spend a lot of time with the first space, knowing its history and seeing the impact it had on New York City families made it feel like home. Undeniably, it was bittersweet for us to see it disappear over the summer. However, at the end of the day, the goal of this construction is to revitalize the theater and make it a living, breathing place for children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to develop a #LoveOfTheater. For those of us who work here, our goal is to make it feel like home again. 

I can't wait to see the audience fall in love with this new, interactive space. Pre-construction, our lobby was brought to life by our programs and events, but the space itself offered very little. As the new space falls into place, I'm thrilled to see the improved lobby emerge brighter, more welcoming and even more fun! All of the New Vic's different departments are busy working on ways to embrace the new elements and to create an imaginative and engaging experience for all.

In 'Phase One'—which you'll see if you join us for The Young King, A Sky for the Bears or The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence—LuEsther's Lobby has been transformed with a fresh new look, modernized restrooms and an updated merchandise stand. The first thing that I guarantee you'll notice is the addition of colorful and informative digital canvas. It's definitely going to be a big hit! When we saw it turned on for the first time, it was magical. For so long, we only had our imaginations to picture what it would look like. When the switch was finally flipped "on," our whole department let out a collective “ooooohh” of amazement.

The New Space'Phase Two' begins with Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic. The new Jack and Lew Rudin Lobby will open with exciting new ways to engage with the performing arts (including even more, interactive screens), teaching artists and a cafe where you'll find a menu of healthy snacks. In addition to a revitalized comforting, colorful space, the chair lift will be replaced with a ramp to help make the space significantly more ADA-friendly.

Of course, as with any project, there have been challenges along the way (which I've seen first-hand). The images everyone sees on blueprints, diagrams and mock-ups may look perfectly planned, but the truth is the creation of any space—including our lobby—is a lot more hectic than blueprints let on...but also a lot more exciting. There were some adjustments that had to be made in-field and some on-the-fly decisions to keep the project moving forward. But that's the fun part of construction—seeing the images on paper come to life and then being able to change and adjust based on real-life conditions!

I've been in charge of construction projects before at many other locations, but none were as unique as this. Although beginning each project is relatively standard, the separate end products make them all unique. And the end product of this project is going to be phenomenal. From the shape of Lew's Lobby, to the bright color scheme, to the fun furniture for seating, The New Victory is going to be one-of-a-kind and will always stand out!

New Victory Lobby Renderings 2017

 
Jaymie Bowles Jaymie Bowles was born and raised in Brockton, MA. She graduated from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2008. She went on to get certified in Broadcasting from The Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 2012 and then Facility Management in 2016. 

As a student at Arcadia University, she secured a work study position within the Facilities Department. There, she progressed from student worker to Assistant Director of the department through Aramark Higher Ed. Jaymie seized the opportunity to move to New York in 2014 to work for New York University Facilities and Construction Management, and she's been a New York resident ever since. 

Two years into her career at NYU, a new and better opportunity at The New Victory Theater in Times Square presented itself. As Facility Manager for The New Victory Theater, she is now in charge of the operations of the theater in the area of maintenance, cleaning, project management and construction. 

And although she works in the heart of NYC, she is still and will always will be a Boston sports fan!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson

Receive royal gifts, transform your home with theater magic and create your own game in this Family Activity for The Young King! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.
Royal Retrieval
In The Young King, a young man suddenly learns that he will become a king. Entranced by palace life, he demands expensive gifts like a robe of tissued gold, a pearled scepter and a ruby-studded crown. What do you think it would be like to be royalty?

Materials: Anything around your house

Step One: Together, create an outfit fit for royalty! Search your house and find or make a crown, cape and scepter. HINT: A pot could be a crown, a blanket could be a cape and a broom could be a scepter!

Step Two: Pick one family member to wear the outfit first—they are now The Royal. When The Royal says "go" everyone else searches around the house for the best gift to present to him or her. HINT: The goal is for your present to be their favorite, so consider what that person would like!

Step Three: When everyone has a gift, The Royal picks their favorite. The person who gave The Royal's favorite gift becomes royalty next. Now, everyone finds gifts for the new Royal. Keep playing until everyone has had a turn!

BONUS: Royalty can be very rich and powerful. If you were in charge and and could have anything, what would you want? Discuss as a family.

Make a World, Play a Game
The Young King is ruler of a large kingdom split into four sections. He learns about these factions throughout the show, and about how his demands affect them. As a family, design your own kingdom in a boardgame and learn how rules affect each other.

Materials: Board game template, card template, scissors, coloring materials, a coin, items to use as game pieces (a thimble, a small toy, a paper clip, a bottle cap, etc.) 

Set Up Your Game
Step One: Print out the board game and the card template

Step Two: Cut out the cards and put them into a deck.

Step Three: Get a coin to flip and find small items around the house to use as playing pieces.
Step Three
Decorate Your Game
Step One: Have each player pick a section—this is your kingdom! 

Step Two: Everyone picks a different color. Use your color to outline your section and rectangles.
Step Two
Step Three: Take a moment and consider what kind of kingdom you want to have. Draw elements of the world in your section. Consider the geography, temperature and the residents!
Step Three
The Rules of Your Game
Step One: Start the game by putting your piece on the edge of your section.
Step One
Step Two: Choose a player to go first. On your turn, flip the coin. If it's heads go forward one space; if it's tails go two.

Step Three: After you move, draw a card. Ask the question to the ruler of the section you are in. Once the card is answered, you move forward the number of spaces indicated on the card. If you preside over the section, go forward one space.
Step Three
Step Four: After you move forward, it's the next player's turn. Whoever first journeys in a complete circle around the board wins! 

Transform Your Home

Did you know The Young King is an interactive play based on a short story by Oscar Wilde? When plays are based on books or movies they are called adaptations. A good adaptation brings the world of the source material to life through costumes and sets. In this activity, set up your home to create an interactive dramatic experience based on your favorite book or movie!

Materials: An open area, furniture, blankets, boxes or anything else you can think of!  
 
Step One: Pick a favorite book or movie to act as your source material.
 
Step Two: Time to make a set! Create a world based on your source material with the items you collected from your home. For instance, you can throw blankets over furniture to create mountains, or make a mighty castle out of boxes and chairs.
 
Step Three: Choose two or three lines from the source material and act them out. Try using props from around the house to really set the scene.

Step Four: In The Young King, audience members travel throughout the theater before the show. Transform other rooms of your house into different settings and move between those spaces to act out multiple scenes!
 
The Young King  



Welcome both the Young King and our brand new lobby! Tickets to The Young King are available here
Posted by Beth Henderson
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