It has been a busy Fall and Winter for The XA Project. Here is a summary of the various XA activities that have brought joy and smiles to pediatric patients and families over the past couple of months:
November 11, 2015: The XA Project partnered with Imagination Stage to bring patient families from Children’s National Medical Center to see “The Big Friendly Giant” at the National Theatre. The puppetry, costumes and acting were superb!
November 17, 2015: The XA Project sponsored a playwright workshop at the Children’s Inn at NIH. Gifted actors from Young Playwrights’ Theatre brought to life imaginative stories created by kids staying at the NIH. The kids were all smiles and giggles as actors became frightened snakes, mischievous monkeys and exploding frogs!
December 1, 2015: Talented dancers from Olney Ballet Theatre performed the Mini-Nut (an abbreviated version of Mary Day’s Nutcracker ballet) at Children’s National Medical Center. After the dress rehearsal and performance, kids who watched the performance were later twirling themselves around on the marley floor pretending to be ballerinas/dancers.
December 3, 2015: The XA Project, in collaboration with Strathmore and the Children’s Inn at NIH, sponsored patient families from the Inn to attend “The Hip-Hop Nutcracker” at Strathmore Music Center. Two thumbs up from patient families!
December 13, 2015: Lovely dancers from Maryland School of Dance performed “The Land of Sweets” (abridged Nutcracker) for patient families at the Children’s Inn at NIH. At one point in the beginning of the performance a young girl exclaims excitedly “I see ballerinas!”
January 10, 2016: The XA Project, in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts and Children’s National Health System, sponsors patient families to attend “Matilda the Musical” at the Kennedy Center.
January 12, 2016: The Fabulous Yolit Flamenco (with the amazing guitarist Ricardo Marlow) performed at Children’s National Medical Center, in honor of Xavier. The music was mesmerizing and the dancing was simply stunning. Ole!
January 21, 2016: The XA Project sponsors patient families from the Children’s Inn at NIH to attend “Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Pixar In Concert” at Strathmore Music Hall. One family said “It was perfect for (our child) who loved all of those movies…We never expected to go to the orchestra here at NIH. Thank you!” The kids of another family kept smiling and whispering to each other with excitement as each musical piece and accompanied video montage was started. The mother of another NIH patient was brought to tears as BSO played the music from the movie “UP” and the video showed the love story of the main character Carl Fredricksen and his life-long sweetheart Ellie.
The happiness and joy seen in patient families from attending these performances are heartwarming and priceless. The beautiful smiles from these kids and families are what The XA Project is all about.