Syracuse Stage and SU Drama came to APW Elementary recently as part of the Bank of America Children’s Tour, giving an eye-opening performance of a play called “New Kid.”
In the play, the lead role Nick has just immigrated to the United States from a country called Homeland.
The audience is taken through his journey and struggles as an outsider in a new country and school.
The show covers cultural diversity, bullying, racism and prejudice while encouraging tolerance, patience, compassion and understanding.
The unique part of the show is that the characters speak a kind of gibberish that neither Nick nor the audience can understand, truly demonstrating what it feels like to be a new kid.
According to www.syracusestage.org, “New Kid offers an extraordinary opportunity to share a rich theatrical experience with your students. The director, designers, performers, and production crew are students and professionals from Syracuse University Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage.”
After the show, student had the opportunity to ask the actors and stage crew questions such as where the props come from, how long do they rehearse and how the set is created.
The crew revealed to the audience that the secret to a good show is, “practice, practice, practice!”
The performers, who all attend Syracuse University, talked with the students about the variety of majors, programs and opportunities at the university that may be of interest to them in the future.