Sure we have social media and are so interconnected right now that it is a bit overwhelming, at times. One of theatre's many amazing attributes is that it brings people together (in real-time and real-space) for a shared experience. There is something about being together in a space full of people that is a bit magical. We have so many experiences that we do a bit separately nowadays: even eating dinner together as a family can be tricky!
Our focus is smaller audiences -- under 100 people. With this in mind, we will be able to keep our community in mind with shows that have a more intimate feel and programming that can be focused upon special audiences. We are working to set aside several performances that are "sensory-friendly," as well as planning into the future for events like a food-free Halloween performance in 2015 for kids with severe allergies (you cannot imagine the torture of trick-or-treating when you can't eat anything!).
We are engaged with the community and open to your suggestions. Homeschool programming and performances? Yes, we are working on that. Shows for tots? Also in the works. Puppet play group? Working on it! So many possibilities, but we need to support! Check out our first fundraising blast and spread the word!
Heidi Rugg is a puppet artist, mom, maker of stuff, and the founder of Puppets Off-Broad Street. Her company, Barefoot Puppet Theatre, has toured all over the country. She lives in Richmond's Northside with her husband, Sam, two daughters as different as rain and ribbons, a cat named Moxie, a lizard named Pepper, and a legion of nameless dust-bunnies.
Christopher Hudert is a is a versatile artist whose skills include script writing, sculpting, set and puppet construction, puppetry, clowning, stilt walking, juggling and much more. His company, Applause Unlimited, has toured extensively. He lives in Lakeside with his family.