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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

In this Family Activity for A Sky for the Bears, you'll prepare to sleep like a bear, play with shadows and learn a fun, new game! 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.
 

Hibernation Station
Did you know that most bears hibernate? That means when fall begins, they curl up in a safe place and sleep until winter ends. They don't even wake up to eat! When spring finally arrives, they're so hungry that they gobble up everything in sight. In this activity, pretend to be a bear and prepare your morning feast after a cozy night of sleep. 

Materials: A mason jar or sealable container, yogurt, granola, fruit, honey, this MadLib, a writing utensil 

Step One: Prepare your bear feast for the morning. All you need is a jar or container with some of the ingredients listed above.
  • First, fill the jar up with yogurt. Add as much as you'd like, but leave room for your other ingredients!
  • Most bears love fruit. Find your favorite fruits and drop them on top of your yogurt. Make sure you don't mix up your snack!
  • Add a crunch by adding granola on the top. HINT: For an extra bit of sweetness, finish your snack with a drizzle of honey! It wouldn't be a bear-y special meal without it.
  • When you're ready to eat in the morning, mix it all up for the tastiest result. HINT: Get creative with your mix and don't be afraid of trying different combinations! Tell us what your favorite concoction was on Twitter.

Step Two: Fill out this MadLib to create your hibernation bedtime story.
MadLib
Step Three: Bears like to be cozy. Put on your comfiest pajamas, cuddle up under your favorite blanket and grab a furry friend to make your night's sleep extra snuggly. Bonus points if it's a teddy bear! Ask your adult to read your newly created poem as a bedtime story. 

Once Up On a Wall
A Sky for the Bears uses shadow puppetry to tell a beautiful tale about discovering your heart's true desire. In this activity, create your very own story using light and shadow puppets.

Materials: Blank wall, scissors, puppet templates, flashlight

Step One: Print and cut out these puppet templates. Make sure they're as detailed as possible!

Template
Step Two: Find a blank wall in a dark room. This will be the stage for your story. Decide who will point the flashlight at the wall first!

HINT: If you don't have a blank wall, you can build a stage fort instead. Create this stage by placing two chairs facing each other and throwing a blanket over both.

Step Three: Experiment with the shadows of the animals you've cut out.
  • If you put the animal shape close or far away from the flashlight, what happens?
  • When you add one of the shadow puppets to another, what happens?

Step Four: Use these questions to help create new stories. 
  • What animal are you?
  • What sound does that animal make?
  • How do you think these animals would act if they met each other in the wild?

What Do They Eat?

In one of the stories in A Sky for the Bears, Baby Bear gets to know the dietary habits of his fellow forest dwellers. In this activity, discover the food chain in this fun card game!

Materials: Printable cards

Step One: Read the rules of the card game
  • Alligator wins over Bear, Rabbit, Grass and Bug.
  • Bear wins over Rabbit, Grass and Bug.
  • Rabbit wins over Grass and Bug.
  • Bug wins over Grass.
  • Grass card never wins.
Step Two: Print out one card template for each player.

Game Cards

Step Three: Once everyone has their cards, get ready for the challenge! All together say "1, 2, 3—What do they eat?"
  • Each player flips over a card at the top of their deck.
  • The person who has the winning card, takes everyone else's flipped cards.
  • The person with the most cards wins!

 
 



Discover A Sky for the Bears before the forest creatures scamper away. Tickets are available here!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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