While the first few milestones in our 12 Milestones That Shaped FOGG in 2015 retrospective have centered around the accomplishments and accolades of our Producing Company, we now turn our attention to the other half of FOGG: the Youth Conservatory.
One of the major ways we facilitated this in 2015 was by mounting an original childrens’ musical called Journey of the Noble Gnarble. Bringing Gnarble to life is our 4th Milestone That Shaped FOGG in 2015.
Gnarble was chosen as the inaugural production for the conservatory because it’s a new and thought-provoking musical written specifically for kids by local Bay Area artist, Denver Casado. The conservatory team also loved that the theme of the show is all about not giving up on your dreams.
As the assistant director for Gnarble, I worked closely with our director, Kari Floberg, to teach the cast choreography and lyrics. It was so exciting to be a part of the team who brought Gnarble to Telegraph Hill because I firmly believe the arts can help us all learn to heal ourselves and each other.
Getting kids involved in the arts at an early age is essential since it has a lasting impact on their confidence, happiness, and creativity. It gives them a voice, a sense of self-worth, and powerful memories! Two of the children left the stage exclaiming, “This is the best day of my life!”. It was an honor to work with a myriad of professional artists in order to showcase the many talents of San Francisco children.
In addition to having a positive impact on the kids, Gnarble also had a tremendous effect on the community at large. So many incredible organizations got involved and contributed to the success of the production.
The Exploratorium hosted an educational presentation about life sciences and a local marine biologist worked closely with the Exploratorium to engage young audience members with a special song and dance. The North Beach Library was also instrumental in providing a forum where the kid actors were able to perform a song to the community for free.
Gnarble was truly a collaborative endeavor. In fact, FOGG’s impact on the community via Gnarble garnered a Certificate of Honor from the SF Board of Supervisors presented by city supervisor, Julie Christensen. And in case you couldn’t tell, this is only the beginning.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our next FOGG Youth Conservatory production coming in the Spring of 2016 called We Are Monsters. It’s bound to be fantastic and we would love to have you or your child join us on this new journey.