Through the Acorn app we’re able to support businesses that make our communities thrive. Everyday we learn more about our activities and how they enrich the wellbeing of children and families. Today, we hear about Musical Performances from The Rock and Roll Playhouse in NYC.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself and your business.
Name: Amy Striem
Speciality: Rock and Roll Family Concerts - The Rock and Roll Playhouse
When the business was started: The first Rock and Roll Playhouse concert was The Music of Grateful Dead for Kids with Phil Lesh at Brooklyn Bowl in December, 2014.
Where you are based: RRPH started in New York, at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg and The Capitol Theatre in Westchester County, New York. Last summer, RRPH added weekly shows at Industry City in Sunset Park.
2. What motivated you to start hosting family concerts?
The Rock and Roll Playhouse was created by entrepreneur and owner of The Capitol Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl, Peter Shapiro, and myself, a certified early-childhood and elementary teacher. The idea for The Playhouse came to Shapiro, as a parent of two young children, after he discovered first-hand a lack of regular programming in New York City - that combined his passion for live music and his family.
He collaborated with me, then an administrator at his daughter’s nursery school, to help fill this void that they felt many other parents also shared. Using the music of the most iconic musicians in rock history, from The Grateful Dead to Prince to David Bowie to Aretha Franklin to The Beatles and more, The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of children under 10 with games, movement, and stories and an opportunity to rock out.
3. Tell us about a favorite moment teaching kids about music.
Witnessing the wonder and excitement on kids’ faces when they experience their first live rock and roll show. You can tell immediately when you have a rock and roll fan for life!
4. You say the Playhouse is interactive and educational, can you give us some more detail on the experiences that kids can expect?
At each show, the band begins by engaging the kids in a “Hello Song” to get them singing and moving right away. The show ends with the whole room sharing a countdown to an amazing rock and roll jump. We create a setlist that pairs activities with each song such as running “under the sea” under a giant parachute to The Beatles’ “Octopus’ Garden” using rainbow streamers to fly across the dance floor during Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly,” and practicing freeze dance moves during a giant freeze dance to Bruce Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out.”
All of our concerts have interactive activities, but activities vary at different venues depending on the space. RRPH indoor shows at Industry City, for example, often have a rock and roll story time before the show starts. The RRPH outdoor shows at IC are filled with hula-hoops, streamers and sidewalk chalk as the kids can spread out and move in the giant courtyard.
5. Do you have any new projects or exciting things we should know about?
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