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October 27, 2017

Family Activity: Marmalade


In this Family Activity for Marmalade, dress up in a new way, explore texture and dance around the room! For each show in the season, we'll post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts right here on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.
 

Silly Dress-Up

The performers in Marmalade wear clothes in silly ways. Try dressing differently by following the steps below!

Materials: Clothing items for each family member

Step One: Think about unusual ways to wear clothing. Maybe you could wear a hat as a neck tie or a shoe as a hat?

Renata

Val

Step Two: Wear your clothing in a silly way, then have the rest of your family copy you. Each family member gets a turn to show off their different style of dressing. 

Step Three: As a family, vote who had the silliest outfit and whoever has the most votes wins! Now come up with another new way of dressing and vote again.

Mystery Box

It's all about texture! In Marmalade the performers encourage the audience to touch various items. Get ready for the show by making a texture mystery box.

Materials: Medium sized box (a shoe box or something of a similar size), scissors, textured items

Step One: Cut a hole in the side of your box big enough for a hand to go through, but small enough so you can't see inside.

Step Two: Find objects around your house with interesting textures like cloth, metal or toys and place them inside your mystery box. See if you can find something:
  • Rough
  • Slimy
  • Furry
  • Soft
  • Bumpy
BONUS: For an extra unique texture, make your own non-toxic slime by following this recipe.

Step Three: Put one item in the box at a time and have your family reach inside. Remind them to only touch it, not pull it out or peek at it!

Step Four: One at a time, each family member will reach in the mystery box and answer these questions:
  • Describe the object. What does it feel like?
  • What do you think is inside the box?

Body Shapes

In Marmalade the performers make a lot of different shapes with their bodies. Try making your own body shapes and dance moves.

Materials: Paper and a writing utensil

Step One: Look at the pictures below and try and match the poses of the performers.

Example 1Example 2
Example 3

Step Two: Have an adult draw three shapes on a piece of paper (circle, square, triangle, star, etc.) and make each shape with your body. 

BONUS: Come together as a family and make one shape together. How else can you make shapes using your bodies?

Step Three: Turn on some music and put each body shape together. You just made a dance! 
 
But, Wait! There's More: Have a sweet treat by making your own marmalade
 
 
Marmalade  



Gather 'round the ring and experience a gentle circus for the senses with Marmalade. Only a few tickets remain!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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 ages 16-22 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 Melissa Dutan from Corona, New York.

Melissa DutanMy favorite show at The New Victory was…
Museum of Memories. It was so intimate that you felt immersed in the actors' emotions. It was such an intense subject matter and how they portrayed it was really amazing. 

The show I'm most excited for this season is…
The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence because I studied Lawrence's paintings in my high school race studies class. I'm interested to see how they interpret his work with dance. 

My favorite memory from working as an usher was...
I can't pick just one, but all of the moments I cherish involve working with kids. Those little ones make me more open as an usher and as a person.

Who inspires you?
Chris Cerulli's long history in the music industry is inspiring. He shows that no matter how long it takes to achieve success, you can attain your goals with drive and passion.

What's your favorite NYC hangout or neighborhood?
Williamsburg, Dumbo and Astoria are all amazing places. Those neighborhoods are very open with a lot of scenery and beautiful sites to look at.

Describe your dream vacation. 
I've wanted to go to Hawaii since I was 4-years-old. 

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory took place at the New Vic! My sister worked here as an usher when she was around my age. I was just 8-years-old at the time, but I remember visiting her at work, sitting in the balcony and watching all of the shows. It's surreal that I get to work here now.

 
New Victory Thumb Want to learn more about The New Victory Theater Usher Program? Take a look here!

 
Posted by Beth Henderson
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