New Victory Blog

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.


Catch Me Arts Express
Hula hooping during Catch Me's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

"What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives."
—Stuart Brown, Institute of Play

The New Victory Theater is dedicated to creating opportunities for you and your family to play together. We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your awe and understanding of the performing arts by participating in our celebrated public engagement programs with your family. With every visit to the theater, join in the fun of exploring the art forms presented on our stage. Our lobbies aren't just a place to wait for the show to start—they're an important part of your family's trip to the New Vic.

Have you ever attended an Arts Express event? In order to encourage play in every family's life and deepen the experience of seeing live performance, The New Victory Theater began the Arts Express program during our 2012-13 season. Led by New Victory Teaching Artists, audience members participate in arts-based activities based on the shows on our stage. For the past four years, families have participated before shows to learn more about the pieces they were about to see. This year, you may find yourself learning a magic trick after seeing Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic, testing out your juggling skills before seeing Water on Mars, or playing with puppets after Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Whether it's for five minutes or one hour, families can explore each and every activity up until the show begins. 


Pedal Punk Arts Express
Pedal Punk's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
See what our audiences are saying! 
"We had so much fun with the Teaching Artists. A great new way to digest the various art forms on stage." - Stacey R

"The activities prior to the show were really instrumental in helping children acclimate to the space in a fun way as well as help them relate to what they would eventually see in the upcoming show. My children as well as my husband and I really enjoyed the whole experience. " - Shannon W.

"The activities before the show were terrific! They were fun and really engaged the kids as they watched the show in understanding how much expertise the performers had gained." - Michele C.

"As part of the show, during intermission kids could try to do tricks similar to the ones in the show. They loved it and felt they experienced the performance themselves, and how hard tricks were. " - Lucilla I.R.

"Everyone was welcoming and the pre-show games were so fun! Our shy little boy was right in the mix with all the kids giggling away." - Gail I.


Magic Flute Arts Express
Playing the marimba at The Magic Flute's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Some things will always stay the same:
—The Arts Express events are led by our fabulous Teaching Artists who are professional artists in NYC and who teach throughout New York City. 
—The Arts Express events are FREE for ticketholders.
—The Arts Express events are created with your family in mind–each activity is for you and your child to participate in and enjoy together! 

But for our 2016-17 Season, there will be a few exciting changes to the Arts Express program. 
—We have more Arts Express events than ever before! 
—Arts Express events are now being offered PRE-show (from 60 minutes before show time) or POST-show (until 60 minutes after show time). Check the calendar icons for select dates and times.

To see if your show has an Arts Express performance before or after it, look below and visit our website!

The Pre-Show Arts Express, represented by  on the calendar. 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Mother Africa: My Home
Water on Mars
The Aging Magician
Nivell's War

The Post-Show Arts Express, represented by  on the calendar.  
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Grug and the Rainbow

New Victory Thumb Want to get in on the fun? Join us for Arts Express or any of the other shows during the 2016-17 Season
Posted by Beth Henderson
Elephant and Piggy
Photo: Teresa Wood

Written by Clare Lockhart, Summer 2016 Communications Apprentice

You know that one person who laughs at all your jokes, listens when you have a problem and is always there for you? That person’s your best friend! They could be someone you met at school, your sibling, your parent or maybe someone you met at The New Victory Theater. 

In honor of the magic of friendship, the US Congress declared the first Sunday of August "National Friendship Day" in 1935! Then countries all over the world wanted to celebrate as well, so it has now become International Friendship Day. And because we have some BFFs (Best Friends Forever) in our upcoming show, Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, we’re going to share with you five fun NYC activities you can do with your BFF. 
Highline Elephant and Piggie are huge fans of sharing and of food! So why not combine the two by going on a picnic? Head downtown to Chelsea Market, pick out some fun foods you and your friend can enjoy and have a picnic on the beautiful High Line
Did you know that Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! is actually based on books written by Mo Willems? If you’re a bookworm, some of the most fun you can have is wandering a bookstore with your friend and sharing your favorite stories. Bank Street Books, Books of Wonder and Book Culture all have great kids' sections. The New York Public Library also has a KidsLIVE program which includes live readings, performances and more! So either share your favorite book with your friend or discover a new story together. 
Summer in the Square Something you may not know about Elephant & Piggie is that they have three squirrel friends who are in a band called The Squirrelles. We bet they would really enjoy Josh + the Jamtones at Summer in the Square. And if you’re a fan of music, or just rocking out with your best friend, we bet you would enjoy it too! 
The Children's Museum of Manhattan Now Piggie really likes to get dressed up, and we bet she’s not alone! If your kid likes to play dress up, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is for you. Not only do you get to learn about history, religion and different cultures, but you get to dress the part as well! In past exhibits you could dress up as a football player, embody an ancient Greek philosopher or step inside a piece of modern art! Piggie would be very excited to try it out. 
Broadway In Bryant Park Do you and your BFF belt Wicked in your bedroom? Do you dream of being a big Broadway star? Then head to Broadway in Bryant Park to get up close and personal with the blockbuster stars of the Great White Way...and maybe meet your favorite actor. It’s a win-win situation. 
PLUS Two Bonus Activities!
Psychobarn Not only is it International Friendship Day in August; it’s also Women’s Friendship Day on August 21st. So in honor of all those female friends, here's a fun activity designed by a female artist. Transitional Object (or Psychobarn) was envisioned for The Metropolitan Museum of Art's roof by Cornelia Parker, one of the most celebrated English sculpters alive today. Take in Manhattan on the roof after exploring the third largest museum in the world!
AND Elephant & Piggie are super excited for this last activity. Their creator, Mo Willems, is getting his own museum exhibit called The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems at the New-York Historical Society. So, before you and your friends come to Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!, go explore their adventures and meet their friends, too. 
Clare Lockhart Clare Lockhart is a Communications Apprentice for The New 42nd Street. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Theater / Arts Management with a minor in Political Science at Emerson College. A native of DC, Clare is passionate about the power of theater, marketing, politics and keeping arts in schools.

Posted by Beth Henderson
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