Why We Exist
Our dream is for all children to have the opportunity to be inspired and uplifted through imagination, creativity and play, regardless of their circumstances. To that end we are always looking for new ways to nurture young people through exceptional adventures in theatre. So when we found out that 53% of residents at the emergency shelter with Inn from the Cold were children, we were eager to get involved.
We reached out to their team and together determined that providing a free performance of our Christmas Stories show to these children and their families would make the biggest impact.
Although space in the shelters is limited, the Inn from the Cold team was incredible and determined to find us a place to perform. Meanwhile our team dreamed up imaginative ways to adapt the show to meet the needs of this special performance.
As word began to spread to the shelter community, excitement was quickly growing.
The night of the performance was very cold and snowy. We were thrilled as we watched excited children pouring in with their families. The kids were ecstatic to be there and jumped around with glee as the show began. Their enthusiasm was infectious as they sang along and shared their thoughts aloud throughout the performance. The little ones were so eager to be apart of the adventure that they would storm the stage whenever we asked for an audience member to help. We could see the joy the children felt reflected on many of their parents’ faces as they smiled, able to forget for a moment where they were.
From my seat, I overheard one little one say to his mom:
“This is the best Christmas ever!”
I could hardly hold back my tears.
This little guy was living in a shelter.
But it was true. We were warm inside, singing Christmas carols, drinking hot chocolate and sucking on candy canes. After the show, the performers were flooded with kids looking for hugs, and a chance to further explore the set and puppets. The space was full to bursting with Christmas cheer and happy faces.
Moments like these are what Quest Theater is all about.
“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world.” – Anne Frank (1929 – 1945)