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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Theatre Adventure actors are youth and adults with developmental challenges. Theatre Adventure students uncover and discover their talents, interests, and abilities as creative individuals. Theater arts beckon and invite powerful self expression---during theater warm up activities; while drumming to create a group rhythm; when on stage and projecting voices with confidence, when proudly touching an i-pad to empower the recorded voice to speak one’s lines; while performing for an audience with courage, spunk and pizazz! Theatre Adventure actors arrive for class, rehearsal or performances welcomed by many. Students learn that all are needed. During performances the actors are noticed and valued. The audience laughs, sometimes cries, claps, and cheers. Theater arts offer windows toward self-discovery. A supportive and caring environment with predictable structure and expectations invite Theatre Adventure actors to discover their growing edge. Learning abounds!
We love surprises! Creativity abounds in our Theatre Adventure Troupe. We have learned that everyone has a different voice with unique abilities and ideas. We recognize that there are many ways to communicate. It is a priority for us to help troupe members build friendships as well as share their own interests. Finding these moments for each participant to shine (both on stage and off stage) and be acknowledged by others continually guides our work. We enjoy one another in a spirit of playfulness, creativity, and acceptance while bringing stories to life and basking in the magic of theatre!
We recognize the importance of working toward an open and welcoming relationship with each student's parent or guardian and caregiver. We believe that this is a prerequisite for understanding and working well with each actor. All troupe members need support, some more than others, to understand the schedule of the day and what is expected of them. During each session, our time together is structured with predictable routines, songs that we sing each day at specific times, and symbols drawn on large paper to represent each “circle” or workshop of the morning. We believe that once our students feel safe and accepted then their creativity knows no bounds.
SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES
For many people with developmental challenges, being quiet in an audience can be difficult. Feeling comfortable in new situations can be challenging. Making sense of the theater lights, amplification of voices, characters that might seem scary, stage fighting, and more can be overwhelming. And yet, live theater is an opportunity that should be available to all. We offer “Sensory-Friendly” performances. The production remains the same. The difference is that special care is taken to prepare audience members for the experience of attending a live theater production. Before the show begins, the Director talks about the lights, sounds, costumes, and characters of the play in order to support the comfort level of audience members. There is a break room across from the performance hall for audience members who might need quiet space during part of the performance. A social story to help prepare audience members for the theater experience is available upon request anytime before the performance.