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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

The best diverse programming in the city

Published on January 12, 2010

I have now lived in New York for about 7 years and pride myself on being an avid theater attendee, but it was not until I joined the Box Office team at Symphony Space that I was introduced to an organization that provided such a wide variety of programs. Many of the programs, of course, are Symphony Space-produced and have a well-established reputation of being high-quality entertainment or very provocative and intellectual programs, such as Selected Shorts and Thalia Book Club, or my personal favorite, The Thalia Follies!

Symphony Space also serves as a home to various companies whose programming consists of Opera, Dance, Music, and Comedy. This type of diversity is great not only for the neighborhood, but for the city of New York as well because it gives people from all walks of life an opportunity to discover shows that they might not otherwise be exposed to. We have the privilege of serving as a regular venue for the World Music Institute, which always provides amazing music and dance from all over the world.

I find myself feeling like a kid in a candy store, overwhelmed by all of the selections. There is always something different to experience and I think that gives our patrons a chance to take in things that enrich their lives and open their minds as well. I like that we are the neighborhood playhouse while at the same time serving as a distinguished organization with a reputation that extends beyond the borders of New York. The sight of  overjoyed children who attend our Just Kidding events on Saturday mornings is especially fun because I believe that exposing youth to theater is essential to the development of the young mind, and not only entertains them but teaches them about things ranging from acceptance of others to helping those less fortunate than yourself.

I sit in the box office and watch as these people attend our theater ready to experience the wonderful treasures that await them inside. So my hat’s off to Symphony Space for serving as a beacon of the arts in this community on the Upper West Side!

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