We felt so privileged to perform for the kids at Elizabeth Seton in Manhattan on Wednesday, July 14th.
The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center is committed to changing the lives of medically fragile children, one child at a time. All of their programs are centered on our children and their families, respecting individual cultural beliefs and practices. Each child admitted to the Center enters a neighborhood where they receive team-based trans-disciplinary care, including medicine, nursing, social services, palliative care, mental health, rehabilitation, education, nutrition, child life/therapeutic activity, pastoral care and more.
You can only image how excited we were to be a part of their remarkable mission!
This was our first performance with two new Artists in Residence, Samantha Brahms and Patrick Heffernan. Of course we’d rehearsed and prepped with our new team, but going into a new place on top of it…only built the suspense!
We arrived on one of those hot, hot, HOT days…and though we were all sufficiently melted upon arrival, we all cheered up when we met the wonderful Vanessa, who’d gracefully organized the event. She led us through the hallways and the cast enjoyed picking out all the elephants and ladybugs in the murals.
I was especially eager to warm up on this day because half of our cast was knew, and one of them had to run off to work in New Jersey after the show ended. What we didn’t know what that we’d be filmed and transported into all the kids rooms, in addition to having a live crowd. (We LOVE this, by the way!) But this means for an immediate adjustment in text to a certain degree, and while each and every cast member is a remarkable improviser, Lindsay (our Flower, in more ways than one) is a gem at molding the text into perfection so that it accommodates all audiences. (Grazie, Linds!!!)
Sam and Patrick were stellar…Mollie, well, steals the show without even meaning to (as usual). All in all, it was amazing. The kids were incredible (about 10 in the audience, and countless others viewing us on screens in their room). Can’t wait to see what we look like on the big screen! I never get sick of this show. J
Next stop – our beloved Bellevue! I cannot wait!!!