24 Apr Intergenerational Hospital Performance
This afternoon we performed at The Brookside Multicare Nursing Center. We typically perform for the kids but there was an animal show after us so the adults were in the room as well. Everybody was in a wheelchair. Every person in the audience has a disability and is working through physical rehabilitation. The instructions we received were, “Just focus on the kids and don’t worry about the adults.” That is never the case for us. We always think about the kids AND the adults. We focus on the WHOLE audience as well as the WHOLE spirit of the people in the audience. What we do is so much more than a kids show. It’s a connection show. We seek to connect people with one another through musical, comedic and novel experiences.
When the entire audience sang “You Are My Sunshine” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” together it was magical. We are deeply inspired by Pete Seeger and his famous concerts at Carnegie Hall. His giant crowd sing-a-longs are the most inspiring listening experience for us. We live in a world where errands, emotional and physical challenges, distractions and technology (and we love technology but we too are trying to figure that one out) can separate us from one another. It seems that happiness lies in our connection to other people. Even if you are physically, emotionally or cognitively hurt it’s nice to have a few moments when you can be in a room with so many different people and just enjoy the company.