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!
Today 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.
When we learned that the A.R.T. Institute's The Light Princess
was headed to the New Vic as part of our 2014-15 season, we freaked out a little--in a good way. Who doesn't love a great princess tale? Whether it's the story of Cinderella and her enchanted glass slipper, or Elsa singing "Let It Go" on a frozen mountain top, we're suckers for all things royal.
The Light Princess
debuted in 1864 as a book, written by Scottish writer George MacDonald. It's not as ancient as the Grimm stories or Aesop's fables, but rather is a contemporary of more modern classics like Peter Pan
(1902) and Alice in Wonderland
(1865). The story of The Light Princess
might not be as familiar to you as other princess stories like Snow White
or Sleeping Beauty
, but it's grown in popularity recently, especially as a theater adaptation. If it's your first time hearing of the fairy tale, we can't wait for you to see it on our stage!
The best princess stories, especially in recent years, explore the many ways that ladies can do amazing things like save an entire kingdom, defeat frightening witches or break powerful spells that have turned them into frogs. It's no different in The Light Princess.
In this story, the princess is the one who saves her prince from distress--that's what we call girl power!
So, in honor of the show, our fantastic Graphic & Media Production Coordinator put together a list of songs that inspire her when challenges arise. Have a listen--we promise these tunes will make you feel like you can change the world!
Hi! I'm Katie Diamond, one of the designers over here at the New Vic. Fairy tales are my absolute favorite, and when combined with sweet jams, I just can't control myself. So I made you a nice playlist to listen to in preparation for The Light Princess! The A.R.T. Institute's show is a musical, so you should enjoy these songs before-hand and get ready to fall in love with their incredible original songs when you come to see the production!