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March 2, 2015

Kids' Lit March Madness

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We had such a blast last year with our Shakespeare-themed "Ides of March Madness" bracket. It started as a little activity to help drum up excitement for Fiasco Theater's Measure for Measure at the New Vic, but it quickly took on a life of its own! Nearly 20,000 of you visited our blog to vote on which of The Bard's plays would be named the best of its kind. The final round matched up Hamlet against Much Ado About Nothing, with the Danish prince coming out as champion!

So, we wanted to try it again this year. With musical fairy tale The Light Princess beginning the month on our stage, followed by a rockin' production of the children's classic Pinocchio, we figured our March Madness theme this year could only be one thing: Kids' Lit! 

Take a look at our match-ups, below. The fate of modern classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar or beloved fairy tales like Cinderella all depend on your votes! Use the form below to cast your votes on our match-ups and check back next Monday (March 9) to see which stories make it through to the next round. Happy voting!

Posted by Hillary Reeves
All season long, we'll be featuring young people from our Usher Corps program in our New Vic Bills and online on the New Victory Blog. Earlier this season, the New Victory Usher Corps program won the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, so we're thrilled to tell you more about this fantastic group of hardworking young people! Read more about the award here, learn more about the New Victory Usher Corps on our website, or find out how the young people in your life can apply to be a part of this award-winning program!

Gabe FortunaToday we're talking to third-year usher Gabriel Fortuna, from the Bronx!

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My family is my inspiration. When my mind is heading towards the negative, they feed me with love, knowledge and courage.

What was your favorite book or movie as a kid?
My favorite book as a kid was Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

What is/was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school was Math.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is not unique but it is mixed and classic.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?
When I'm not at work I like to hang out with friends, or just watch a lot of TV.

What's your favorite NYC hangout?
My favorite NYC hangout is Riverbank Park. My favorite place to eat near the theater is Chipotle.

What's the most challenging part of being an usher?
The most challenging thing about being an usher is working with the people that don't want to work with you..

What's your secret skill or hidden talent?
My secret skill is that I can express anything such as stories, moments, thoughts fluently. Hidden talent is that I can dance.

What's your dream vacation?
My dream vacation is to go on a cruise to Bahamas. And then visit the Niagara Falls.

If you could go to lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could go to lunch with someone it would be Johnny Depp. This guy is my idol and I feel like he would be a good person to talk to.

What are you most proud of?
I am proud of making it to my third year at the New Victory, and I'm proud that I got back into school.
Posted by Hillary Reeves
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