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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 Jaixa Lopez from Harlem, New York.  
 

What has been your favorite show at the New Vic?
My favorite show was Museum of Memories because it opened up a dialogue about an important issue for our younger audiences in a concise and beautiful way. It touched me deeply.

What show are you most excited for this season?
I'm looking forward to both Julius Caesar and X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation because I'm curious to see how the two shows will relate to one another.

The thing I like most about being an usher is…
Introducing children to the arts is number one for me, but it's also exciting to meet and talk with all of the amazing artists in the process.

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I can't think of one specific memory. I just love all of the memories of being with my fellow ushers. Some of my favorite moments are our potlucks, or anytime between shifts when everyone is having a good time in the usher area. The New Victory is one of those places where it doesn't matter how awful I might feel before coming in, once I'm there it all melts away. That is because of the amazing people who work here and their incredible kindness. 

My dream job would be...
I would love to be a makeup artist. For me, it's the most versatile and artistic way to express yourself. I like how happy people get when I do their makeup. 

My love of theater started…
My love of theater started because of my aunt who went to Repertory High School. I saw her in shows like The Odd Couple, Pippin and Cabaret. I remember being in awe of her and thinking that performing looked like fun.

Who inspires you?
I'm inspired not so much by specific people but by what I see people do. Seeing someone's work ethic in action usually inspires me much more than the person themself can. 

What was your favorite story as a kid?
Is Your Mama a Llama? was my favorite. I don't remember having a concrete reason for loving it so much, I just remember always asking my mom to read it to me before bed. It probably had something to do with all of the animals!

What’s your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is science. I love the way that it can give you an answer for almost anything.

What’s your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Woodside, Queens because it’s where my mom lives.

Describe the most challenging thing about being an usher.
The most challenging thing about being an usher is learning to anticipate problems and deal with them proactively. 

Describe your dream vacation
My dream vacation is an all expenses paid trip to travel the world!

 
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Posted by Beth Henderson

Create a furniture-rocket, discover a new planet and make a new friend in this Family Activity!  For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past Family Activities on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.

Furniture Rocket

In The Way Back Home, The Boy flies all the way to outer space using his bed as an airplane. In this activity, invent your own furniture-mobile and fly all the way to the moon!

Materials: Paper, crayons/markers, a flashlight

Step One: Choose a piece of furniture in your house that you would use to fly to the moon (maybe your bed? Your chair? Your pillow?) and name your spacecraft. 

Step Two: After you choose your spacecraft, turn off the lights as outer space is very dark. Grab your flashlight, a grown-up and get ready to fly to the moon on your furniture-rocket! 

Step Three: Pretend you're flying and imagine all the sounds you may hear. Try to use only sound effects (no talking!) on your way there. Use your flashlight to find your way. Shine it on different things in the room and pretend they're flying through space.
  • What sound does your spacecraft make as it blasts off? Is it a loud motor? Does it make a whistling noise?
  • As you leave Earth and enter outer space, what does it sound like? Is it quiet? Is it loud?
  • Woah! A shooting star just whizzed past you—what did that sound like?
  • You're making a turn around the Sun to get a full view of our solar system—can you hear noises from faraway planets?
Step Four: You finally made it to the Moon! Explore the ground.
  • What does it feel like when you walk on the Moon? Can you float? Can you jump?
  • What colors do you see in this new place?
  • Imagine what you see when you look at the sky from the Moon. Can you see the Earth?
The Best Place in Space

Did you know that outer space is so big, we don't even know how big it is? In this activity, be your own space explorer and discover a brand new planet in outer space. 

Materials: Downloadable template, crayons/markers

Step One: Use these questions to start a conversation about planets:
  • What is a planet?
  • Are all planets the same? What makes them different?
  • Which planet do humans live on?
  • Are there other creatures that live on other planets?
If you don't know the answers, do the research together to figure it out. Go on the internet and look up pictures of space and planets! 

Step Two: Download and print this worksheet. 

Planet Discover

Step Three: Take your furniture-rocket (from the previous activity) and travel to your new planet! 

Alien Puppet

If you were traveling on a big trip to outer space, you wouldn't want to do it alone! Make a creature that you think would live on the planet you just discovered. 

Materials: Two paper plates, clear tape, scissors, stapler, clear plastic cup, paper, crayons/markers

Materials
Step One: Trace your plastic cup on the piece of paper to get a sense of how big you should make your alien. Draw an alien inside of the shape and cut it out. 

Step One
Step Two:  Design and decorate your alien. Make sure to do both sides! 

Step Two
Step Three: Now it's time to make your spaceship. Put two paper plates on top of each other with their edges touching and staple them together. Using scissors, cut a slit in the top of your spaceship.
 
Step 3
Step Four: Slip your alien into the slit and secure it with tape. Then, decorate your ship!
 
Step Four
Step Five: Put four small pieces of clear tape on the bottom of the plastic cup. Secure the plastic cup to the top of the spaceship on top of the alien.

Step Five
Step Six: Take your spaceship on a flight! Where can it land?

Step Six

 
Family Activities

We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your understanding of the performing arts with our Public Engagement Activites, Arts Express and Talk-Backs! 
 
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Posted by Beth Henderson
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