Patients at PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital--who are children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury--loved The Busy Little Bee yesterday! This was the first show in our 2010 and it truly could not have gone better.
After a fun, seamless ride (during NYC rush hour!) out to New Brunswick, New Jersey, we made it…to the wrong hospital. And after a very funny incident where the group got caught in the revolving door (!) we found our way to the right place.
I’d never been to Children’s Specialized before, but it’s such a gorgeous facility. The esteemed Daniela from ArtWorks greeted us, and we went up to check on the space. We were greeted by a bunch of boys playing ping pong; the other kids slowly filtered in until showtime.
Flower-headed Lindsay warmed up the crowd with some (as one child pointed out) “pretty corny jokes”, like: How does one bee greet the other? Hiya, Honey!!! (har! har!) I actually thought they were pretty funny!!!
She then moved into some bee facts, where I was surprised to see that the kids had really done their homework. They knew an awful lot about bee culture, and what they didn’t know they seemed incredibly eager to learn.
As with all of our shows, this one was incredibly interactive. Many thanks to little Amy who spoke Chinese and could guide our group in a pronunciation lesson. All of the kids seemed to love learning the languages (there are 5 in total!). Perhaps because there were an awful lot of boys in the audience (and boys will be boys after all!) there was a ton of hilarious interjections, such as one kid pointing out that the ladybug (played gallantly by Noah) has a beard!
This performance was made that much more festive thanks to ArtWorks’s amazing art projects. Kids came into the show “armed” with worker bees, queen bees, and bumble bees on sticks (so, when called upon, they could wave their bee!) and possibly the most gorgeous, brightly hued homemade flowers I have ever seen. Noah seemed to really want to learn how to make them himself!!!
All in all, it was a truly fantastic show. There were about 20 kids in the audience and a whole lot of grown-ups, too. I can’t wait for April 6th when we perform at Maimonides in Brooklyn. (No sleep ‘til Brooklyn!) It’s going to be fun.