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April 21, 2015

The Secret Power of Music

 
This week, Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are bringing their theatrical concert The Mysterious Hat to the New Victory stage. It's a musical with a twist, and through puppetry and innovative storytelling it quickly becomes much more than just a concert for kids. Justin Roberts and his cohorts defy characterization as "children’s musicians". The best music for young listeners, just like the best theater for young audiences, is universal enough to be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.

With witty lyrics, memorable melodies and catchy arrangements, the best "kids' music" will stick with you into adulthood. I speak from experience—this brand of music played a significant role in my upbringing, and I never really outgrew it. In addition to still enjoying the lilt of Raffi and Peter Combe myself, I happen to have a younger brother who continues to take joy in these artists, and who has for the past twenty-six years. Why?

Like many kids on the autism spectrum, my brother has a fascination, indeed a love, of the songs he first latched onto as a little boy. He never stopped listening, and so neither did I. Many families with children on the spectrum can attest to this: there is special significance, a power even, in all the worn-out Disney VHS tapes, and the obscure Sesame Street DVDs and Raffi albums. There's a secret magic in that one song that can settle my brother back to earth with a smile, just as he's about to unravel. And so the music never stops being important. 

My ongoing relationship with this genre makes me a bit unusual, but we all have fond memories of at least one or two songs from our younger days. New Victory staff have gathered together some of our favorites in a playlist below, along with a few classics. Many of them showcase artists who are real gems, reveling in a joyful genre most music-lovers overlook. Give them a listen, and be sure to check out Justin Roberts during his limited time here at the New Vic. There's also an autism-friendly performance on Saturday, April 25th at 7pm. Everyone is welcome—spread the word.
 
   Trumpet
 
 
   Acoustic guitar
 
 
   Drum set
 
 
   Bass guitar
 
 

You can also have some fun with our Family Activity for The Mysterious Hat! Start a family band and make your own #MysteriousPlaylist to share with us. See you in the front row!
 
   Piano Keyboard
Posted by Zack Ramadan
February 24, 2015

Princess Playlist

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!
Posted by Hillary Reeves
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