2012 - Brooklyn
Our 2nd year found us going from strength to strength. In 2012 we performed three shows at the Irondale Centre, Brooklyn. Each show featured a multi-media art exhibition entitled "Shadows Will Guide Me" which brought together artists from a wide range of disciplines, all of whom used their art to explore and exhibit different themes and issues raised in A Christmas Carol. The exhibition was part of our front-of-house pre-show festival which featured bell ringers, live music, murals, community tables and even a fortune teller! Local foods were sponsored by Nussabaum and Wu, and we were honoured to be joined by Amerikids, Dickens Fellowship Worldwide, New York Opera and local artists; some of whom were curated from the streets and subways of New York, which all threaded through the theme of "Dickens and the Streets". Our cast and crew were growing, and over 50 volunteers and interns were involved in making the run a huge success. The beloved subway busker James Graseck also joined the cast. Alongside the show and festival, we once again brought our education unit entitled "Your Stories Matter" to New York, this time to the Sunset Park Elementary, Brooklyn where we contracted 9 teaching artists and reached over 100 children with no formal arts programming. The students' interdisciplinary Dickens’ projects were also featured in our lobby as part of the festival. We were able to donate 50 tickets to local homeless shelters in Brooklyn in collaboration with the New York Public Library. We developed partnerships with the Morgan Library & Museum for both our social media and ticket sales, and also participated in talkbacks with the Morgan, the New York Public Library Dickens Collections, and the Dickens Fellowship, NYC.