We had our first live Take the Stage event at Discovery Green on March 16th, 2016 and it was really cool to be there with the audience and see them experience our TV program! And, the nicest part was that we had the opportunity to interview the audience about the show!
Unlike producing theatre, I don’t always have the opportunity to interact with the audience when producing TV. When I ran a theatre company, I’d mingle with the audience during intermission, chat with the audience after the performance and discuss ideas expressed in the play. It was very personal and I got to know audience members by name as many would keep returning for all of our shows. So, this Discovery Green event was very special in that I, for the first time with Take the Stage, got to watch an audience who I’ve never met watch Take the Stage. It felt like I did when I produced theatre as I was there experiencing with an audience. It was interactive. And, being that our TV show content is interactive, I’d like to continue connecting with our audience as much as we can in the future.
Though I was nervous during the Discovery Green event because of technical issues and wondering if the parents would even like it, upon reflection, the most gratifying part was seeing it truly effect the kids. That’s really why we’re doing this and it’s what makes me happy. When I see I child connect with a character on the show or get inspired to create something of their own, I feel inspired as well.
Through Take the Stage, I want the arts to feel very accessible for every child and dreams to feel achievable. I know that we can make a positive impact in the lives of kids and families.