This week, we've asked Stefanie Katz-Rothman, a New Vic Member and a member of the New Vic Council to share her experiences. As the co-founder of GIFT HERO–a website that helps adults find the best toys based on the age and gender of a child–we knew Stefanie would have some valuable insights:
How long have you been coming to the New Vic?
We’ve been coming to the New Vic since the 2008-2009 season. The first show we attended was Holiday House Party with Dan Zanes and Friends. We were immediately hooked. The energy in the theater was incredible, the setting was intimate for a theater of its caliber and my son, Benjamin (who had just turned 5), was captivated. My husband and I had a blast too. We knew we had to come back for more and became members that season.
|Stefanie's son, Benjamin|
(photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos)
We have so many fond memories, it’s hard to pick just one. We come as a family or with friends and extended family, and we love to bring people along with us to shows and introduce them to the New Vic. This past winter we brought grandparents and cousins to see Bai Xi–there were 10 of us at a Saturday matinee.
I laughed the most at Chestnuts Roasting on the Flaming Idiots, I was moved by The Man Who Planted Trees and The Book of Everything, and I wanted to fly to Brazil after seeing Brazil! Brazil! My son’s favorites so far have been Puss in Boots, The Complete World of Sports and Tom Sawyer. A special memory was bringing my 12 and 14-year-old nieces to see Wuthering Heights and watching them be so engrossed in that amazing show.
How do you choose which shows to attend at the New Vic?
Each season I devour the brochure and dog-ear the pages trying to select which to attend. I’m lucky that my son has become a theater lover and will pretty much see anything at the New Vic. I avoid shows that skew more than a few years older than his age (or younger) or have content for which he may not be ready. Other than that, we just attend as many shows as we can juggle with our busy calendar! What’s great is that once you purchase tickets, it is usually easy to exchange for a different date so we buy all of our shows ahead of time.
With so many options, how do you decide that a show is good fit for a particular age, gender or personality?
The New Vic does a great job of sharing guidelines for age-appropriateness and other parental considerations. I look at those, at the descriptions in the brochure and on the web and go with my gut. I sometimes choose shows that are recommended for children older than mine but make sure that there isn’t any content that will scare him or expose him to something I am not ready for him to learn. I am ok with some of the content “going over his head” as long as I feel he will get the gist of it. We like to choose a variety of genres, mix it up and try new things!
How old is your son? What shows are you excited to see with him next season?
Benjamin is 8 ½ years old and will be in 3rd grade this year. I’m most excited to bring him to The Mark of Zorro, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Urban and The Firework Maker’s Daughter.
Stefanie Katz-Rothman is the co-founder of GIFTHERO.COM, a website selling the best toys and gifts for kids ages baby to 10 years old. Stefanie and her partner carefully select all of the gifts they sell on their site and love to help parents (as well as friends, aunts and uncles and grandparents) choose gifts for the kids on their lists. Stefanie can be reached at email@example.com.