I work as a freelance lighting designer at different venues around New York City, but working at Trinity Church is one of my favorite things to do. Banana Bag & Bodice, a great experimental theater company who I work with often, has been creating kids shows at Trinity now for just over a year. This summer was their 2nd theater camp at Trinity - it's a two week kids' camp that culminates in an original theatrical performance for family and friends. It's really impressive how good the shows that they create are, and amazing that the kids are so involved in the creation process. The kids help create the characters and the plot, and then an original script is written. We have a talented (adult) team of designers and directors who all collaborate with the kids to make the show. I love that the kids get to help create the props and set pieces too. And I am in the background, doing the lighting - I've gotten to design and install lights now for both camp shows, and each time, I am amazed and impressed to see everything come together.
Above, the kids rehearse their songs with Brian, Sam, and Jess.
Above, the kids finally perform for an audience. Below, a rare moment of lights on an empty set.
Working with kids always has its challenges, and any room of 33 kids certainly would. But the kids were amazing - intelligent, talented, and yes, cute. I will leave you with the adorable yet tragic wish that one child had (which was one of many fill-in-the-blank questionnaires that were posted all the wall all week - who knows if his/her parents ever saw!):
My name is Eileen, and I'm a yoga teacher and jewelry designer based in NYC. I love to think and write about yoga, wellness, and philosophy, along with practical ways to incorporate these things into daily life. I love hearing new perspectives and learning from other people - please comment, ask questions, and add your voice to this blog!