The Future of Children's Programming in the "New Normal"

posted on Jul 15 2021

by Eva Casey, Marketing & Engagement Strategist

We asked our community to share their thoughts on the "new normal" of children's programming and performances going forward. Our hope was to gain a baseline understanding of where people's heads were at after the major disruptions of the past year. Here are a few infographics explaining the results:

What Does the Future of Children's Programming and Performances Look Like?

new values post-pandemic

When asked about some of the new values that parents, teachers, and administrators alike hoped to teach kids in this "new normal," these were the top 8 words in order of most frequently used: resilience, patience, flexibility, learning, independence, connection, friendship, and confidence.

virtual performances and programming

We asked our community which events they believed would still be held either entirely virtual or mostly virtual in this "new normal." You can see the results here! Not surprisingly, the larger events are more likely to be virtual according to participants.

virtual programs and performances

One of the questions we asked was 'on a scale of 1-10, how likely are you to engage in virtual programming in the new normal?' As you can see the average answer was a 7.

virtual birthday parties

Virtual birthday parties have been a huge part of mainstages over the past year. It's something we never saw ourselves doing, but something we were surprised to find was uniquely suited to our strengths. Since then we've been honored to host virtual birthday parties around the world for so many amazing families. With our "new normal" taking shape, we've been especially curious to discover where birthday parties were headed.

live performance

One of the main components of mainstages is children's theater - where adults perform for young audiences. In March 2020, we quickly pivoted to virtual performances rather than live performances. With live theater being one of the most contentious kinds of in-person gatherings, we were especially relieved to see that the majority of our survey-takers see virtual AND in-person performances being popular going forward.

Whether you're looking for In-Person OR Virtual Children's Programming, we've got you covered!

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Eva Casey

posted on Jul 15 2021

by Eva Casey

At mainstages, Eva focuses on social media, digital content creation, and brand management. As a teaching artist, she specializes in devised work, improv, and musical theatre. Eva currently also teaches as a private voice and piano instructor.