On the first day of Summer Youth Corps 2014, all 6 Phase II mentors (and consultant Harris) sat down to create a vision statement for our summer program.
The Youth Corps ensemble is currently at work on the beginning stages of our upcoming performance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s play,Macbeth! Our purpose in creating this piece is to communicate the arc of emotions felt by the characters within play through movement and song. We are collaboration with artist Amy Neuner, who created the vocal portion of the performance, and Donna Costello, who is working on the movement portion of the piece. The ensemble will take the audience through an exciting and somewhat eerie journey inside Macbeth’s head and we look forward to the final product!
As an actor, the idea of coming to perform in New York is one of those things that you hope and pray and dream might be on your CV. I’m 53 years old and it hasn’t happened to me… until now.
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Phase II Youth Corps, Tanai and Eric, present tips for working Front of House.
The above photo captures families and Youth Crops participating in an MP3 experiment in the Veterans Room, following instructions of a disembodied voice. In the photo below, a family performs the radio play they wrote while an Armory Teaching Assistant records the powerful moment.
Last weekend I was given the awesome opportunity to photograph the Family Programming Workshop: Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory! Families worked together to learn about radio shows that took place throughout the Armory’s history and then were given the tools necessary to create their own.
Creating sound effects at the Radio Drama: The History of Park Avenue Armory Family Programming.
On Friday, March 28th, the Youth Corps had the opportunity to attend the National Theatre of China’s production of Richard III at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. I was excited, yet skeptical, because I’m not much of a Shakespeare theatre goer. So I did some research on it and discovered that the play contained acrobatics, and was in Mandarin. But I decided to go anyway, and it was much different than I thought it would be.
In our journey through dissecting William Shakespeare’s language in the play Macbeth, the Youth Corps worked on creating a “modern version” of Shakespeare’s text using Facebook as a template. We created Macbeth-themed “news feeds” on large poster paper. This is an example of Jo and Nancy’s news feed.
The Youth Corps sends many thanks to the band members and Penelope McCourty for helping us make this possible!
In response to viewing The XX performance, the Youth Corps worked alongside teaching artist Penelope McCourty to create a movement piece. After we created our piece, we presented to not only the staff members of the Armory but the actual band members of The XX too! It was an amazing opportunity to work creatively and get inspired with Penelope McCourty and be able to share that experience with a group of people as inspiring as The XX.
We were especially thankful that The XX decided, from the beginning, to hold a special performance just for public school students. The intimate concert space only held up to 45 people so we, as the audience, were extremely close to the artists.