Pips Island Enchants Young Theatergoers

Stage Directions

Immersive theater pieces have for some time been realized for the most part focused on drawing adult theater audiences. Though Stage Directions, in December 2017, did cover Punchdrunk’s Fallow Cross experience in London, which was geared towards elementary to middle school ages, Pip’s Island draws an even younger audience of 4-10 year olds. Yet it should be noted that with the quality of the creative design work and realization of Pip’s Island, adults accompanying the youngsters are apt to be just as transported in wonder. A truly immersive theatrical experience, which had a limited run that was quickly sold out in 2016, returned to New York City this April in a new custom-built, state-of-the-art permanent location on 42nd Street at 9th Ave to rave reviews by critics, parents, and most importantly, the under 10 yr. old theatergoers. Developed over five years, the creation of the sister-and-brother partnership of Rania & Rami Ajami, and creative director Walter Krudop, Pip's is an hour-long walk-through journey filled with a mix of live performers, puppets, interactive set-pieces, and animated characters. Pip’s Island boasts beautiful design and fabrication work throughout nine distinctive environments, modern technology, and an imaginative interactive narrative that turns the young audience into adventuring explorers helping the hero Pip and his fellow adventurers Pebble and Finn save the island. 

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Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Awards

Stage Directions

On Monday, September 17, 2018, the Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) will present its annual Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement in the Art of Stage Management Awards to three stage managers from the worlds of Broadway, regional theatre, and dance: Roy Harris, Lyle Raper, and Maxine Glorsky. In addition to the three Lifetime Achievement Awards, the SMA will recognize Peter Sargent of Webster University with a special award for Achievement in Stage Management Education for his work as an educator. 

Considered the crowning achievement in a stage manager’s career, the Del Hughes Award is awarded to those who represent the finest qualities of stage management: patience, diplomacy, organization, and a sense of humor. The awards were named for Del Hughes, who had an illustrious career as a Broadway and television stage manager as well as a TV director from 1933 to the 1970’s. 

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