Children’s Crusade Goes On Tour

Evening performances lend drama to the play. (Contributed Photo)

The Children’s Crusade Company announces its Northeast, New England and Midwest Summer Tour with “Children’s Crusade,” a new play by Scott Huffman. Performances of Children’s Crusade began Thursday, July 8 in Jericho and will end August 30 in Bloomington, IN.

After a year of isolation, a collective of theater students and recent graduates (NYU Tisch, Skidmore) have channeled their energy into an original play that puts community front and center. Many people believed live theater was impossible during the pandemic, but this company found a way to make it happen. After premiering in Bloomington, Indiana in October 2020 as part of The Hundredth Hill’s Emerging Theatre Artist Residency, the Children’s Crusade Touring Company is now bringing outdoor theater to communities across the country by bringing it to your backyard. With a fully transportable set, these artists are on the move.

“As we reemerge into this new world, I’m excited to share this story of hope and perseverance,” said Huffman, writer and director of Children’s Crusade. “This is what theater’s always been about for me: uplifting communities and bringing audiences together.”

Children’s Crusade is the story of eight kids from Utica, New York who believe one among them to be a prophet. After an inexplicable message from God, it is up to them to travel to the holy land and find Him. Chronicling their journey from their small cul-de-sac all the way to Jerusalem, we watch as these kids adventure beyond the only world they’ve ever known and discover surprising new things about themselves. Although they come from different ideologies, they must rely on each other in order to journey out and fulfill their goals.

Runtime: 2 hours, with a 15 minute intermission. Children’s Crusade is recommended for adults and children ages 13 and up.

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at Schechter School of LI, 6 Cross St, Williston Park.

Thursday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Sholom, 401 Roslyn Rd., Roslyn Heights.

Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. at Dix Hills Park, 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills.

Saturday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at Dix Hills Park, 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills.

Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at From Stage to Screen, 589 West Jericho Tpke., Huntington. For tickets call 631-423-4440.

Rules:

To maintain distance, each party will be assigned a circular pod for seating as they arrive. Pods will be marked on the ground at a distance of 6ft apart.

Be prepared to present a digital or printed copy of your ticket to our box office attendant when you arrive. They will direct you and your group to a seating pod.

Plan to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets (seating will not be provided).

Feel free to bring any refreshments you would like to enjoy before or during the show (we will not be selling concessions).

Masks will be required for all attendees and must be worn at all times when outside of your seating pod. Masks may be removed when inside of your seating pod.

Visit https://www.childrenscrusadecompany.com/tour for tickets and information.

—Submitted by the Children’s Crusade Company

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