Tag Archive: Earth & Me


I went to NYC to see the Earth & Me at Symphony Space. It was a beautiful moment and an amazing show. It was a full house in this large theatre, filled with children from kindergarden all the way through 8th grade from all parts of the city- chinatown, brooklyn, the bronx, and manhattan- and even some handicapped and special needs students. My grandmother introduced the show, explaining how everything on the shadow screen is done by hand and nothing is done by a computer. This received a round of applause from the audience. Then, as the opening music came on I felt tears come to my eyes as the shadow of the child, as if by magic, emerged into the projected image of the earth. I felt transported back to my childhood and was blown away as the performance unfolded to see all my core values reflected back to me in such a beautiful medium of song, dance, and puppetry. And what a powerful message of hope and peace! The children around me Oooed and Ahhhed, with exclamations of wonder and excitement escaping their lips with the appearance of new puppets and magical shadow screen effects and exquisite power filled dancing. After the show the dancers and puppeteers came out and sat on the edge of the stage where children were able to come up and say hello, some asking for autographs, others giving high fives, and others wanting to hug the “mother earth” character and ask if she was ok now. Thank you to all our other donors for helping make this show happen. We truly could not have done it without you. You helped create a very special moment for both me and my grandmother as well as plant many seeds of peace in the young hearts of literally thousands of children.

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I want to thank all of our supporters for your contributions. As of this writing there are 106 of you. We have raised $5,809 on the campaign site and $3,315 donated directly to the theatre with potentially an additional $350 promised as a result of the campaign. That bring our potentcial total up to $9,474.

We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 +.

Any help you can give by telling your friends will be greatly appreciated. Shortly, our indiegogo campaign will come to an end, however our fundraising efforts will now. People can call in contributions to 212 724 0677 or mail checks to The Shadow Box Theatre,325 West end Ave, New York, NY 10023.

Though we are noticeably short of our stated goal of $27.000, in good faith, Earth & Me has gone into rehearsal. The opening date is April 17th at Hostos College in the Bronx. We have already booked 3,140 inner city school children booked to see the shows in all 4 boroughs. Our goal is 6 to 8,000 children.

Hopefully between additional fund-raising and ticket sales we will be able to end our season in the black and bring a wonderful show supported by many to our young audiences.

We hope to see many of you at a performance.

Know how deeply appreciative we are of your help. You literally will have inspire many children to care for our earth as well as making many children smile.

And know that the campaign has done more than just raise money. It has lifted the spirits of us in the theatre, reminding us why we do this work! Our Inter-generational joining of hands has made a small miracle happen.

Thank You!

Miwa Oseki Robbins, Sandra Robbins,  and the many children we serve

Previous posts on this topic:

https://sculptingearth.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/teaching-peace/

https://sculptingearth.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/teach-peace-we-are-doing-it/

Teaching Peace

To view the full campaign visit igg.me/at/EarthAndMe

Stories have a power and a good story stays with you for a lifetime. Growing up I was blessed with many powerful stories that came to me through The Shadow Box Theatre. These stories included African drum, inspired by African folktales, Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin, a Halloween rendition of the well known ugly duckling story, and  The Earth & Me, a tale of a child asking the earth, “How do you make a tree?” Opening with a Native American quote, “All things are interconnected. What befalls the earth Befalls the sons and daughters of the earth. We did not weave the web of life, We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, We do to ourselves,” The Earth & Me truly caught my imagination as a child and is a cornerstone of who I am today.

The Shadow Box Theatre is a non profit theatre founded in 1967 and run by an amazing woman, Sandra Robbins, who just happens to be my grandmother. When I found out that they had lost a little over $30,000 due to damaged equipment and canceled shows from hurricane Sandy and were considering canceling their spring production of The Earth & Me I knew I had to help. This theatre teaches peace and respect and empowers children from diverse, often under served, families with messages of hope and change. And this show seems more important then ever in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

So we are gearing up for an ambitious IndieGoGo Campaign as one way to make up our deficit created by a few rainy days. In preparation for this campaign, that should launch by mid February, we need to raise our visibility on all channels as much as possible. Doing this is simple and free and only requires a few minutes of your time.   Will you help us out?

Sandy Robbins and See-More say "Hello!"

Sandy Robbins and See-More say “Hello!”

And, if you have been touched by any of SBT’s productions, which include books, multimedia puppet shows, CD’s and DVD’s, as well as workshops for children and families and teacher guides, we would love if you can write us a review on yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-shadow-box-theatre-new-york
I will, of course, do my best to keep you all updated on our campaign’s progress through this blog but the best way to stay in the loop is to also make sure you are following us on facebook and twitter. And of course, please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested!
To view the full campaign visit igg.me/at/EarthAndMe
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