Monday, January 26, 2009

Irondale Reaches Out to Families in Brooklyn

Irondale Ensemble, who have just recently opened their exciting new space in Brooklyn (in Fort Greene, near BAM), are reaching out to their local community in a very positive way. On Valentine's Day they will host the first of a planned monthly series of "Family Saturdays," with a presentation for kids called Big Box of Distractions. Check out the excerpts from their press release for more info about this commendable new program:

The Irondale Project Ensemble is proud to announce the first of an ongoing series: Irondale's Big Box of Distractions: Kids Day at the Theater on Saturday, February 14 at 1pm. The event will be held at the Irondale Center (85 S. Oxford Street in Fort Greene). The event will be between one and two hours long and will cost $10 for the first child and $5 for each child after that. Adults are admitted FREE with a child.

The Irondale Ensemble will sing love songs, both modern and ancient; perform love scenes, serious and silly; and work interactively with the audience to create wacky love letters and improvised scenes. All material is appropriate for children as young as six. The afternoon will culminate in a celebratory feast of red velvet cake and a cocktail of ginger ale (or juice), served by the actors.

This event will be the first in a series. "We plan to have at least one family Saturday every month," said Executive Director Terry Greiss, "And each one will have a different theme." On March 28, the ensemble will host a story telling performance /workshop, led by Brooklyn storyteller Tracy Cook-Person. On April 18, musician Walter Thompson will lead participants through an interactive musical workshop called Sound Painting. In May two very different sessions will be offered: a movement and dance workshop, featuring the theater troupe bluemouth on May 9, and a restaging of Irondale's famed production Celebrating Dr. Seuss on May 30. [Editor's Note: The bluemouth event should be a blast: we here at the nytheatre i LOVE bluemouth.]

"We really want these events to provide kids and parents with opportunities to experience new things—and also to experience joy. Each performance or workshop will end with a shared meal—cake seems appropriate for Valentine's Day, but maybe we'll have callaloo on the Storytelling day. It all depends on what the artist we're working with that day wants, and also with what's cooking in the neighborhood."

"We are offering this series because there is a real need for high quality family entertainment, in this neighborhood. Of course," Greiss said, "part of why we want them to know us is because we want them to come and see our performances. We want to get young Brooklynites in the habit of going to the theater, since we believe that theater can change lives. We want to grow the Center into a place where people expect lots of different stuff to be happening all the time. We want the neighbors to feel that they can drop in whenever they feel like it, just to see what's going on."

Agreed.

Get more info about Irondale and this family event here.

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