C.A.S.T., a leader in spectrum theatre, is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other sensory sensitivities.
The program is designed for children with ASD that would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self-expression, creatively work on social skills, and develop acting skills and improvisation techniques.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2019/2020!
COST: $130 per student, per session
*plus $5 handling fee; tuition assistance is available (see page 18)
LOCATION: PIM Arts High School
Full payment is due at the time of online registration. Payment plans are available by calling the Box Office at 952-979-1111, option 4.
There is a $5 handling fee added per student. A $25 deposit (part of your registration fee) and all handling fees are non-refundable. Refunds will be issued (minus deposit and handling fee) if you cancel at least one week prior to the class start date.
Ages 7-11: Saturdays, 9:00-10:30 AM
(no class October 19 or November 30)
Ages 12-17: Saturdays, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
(no class October 19 or November 30)
MAKING ART PART OF THE PUZZLE SINCE 2012.
CAST is a leader of spectrum theatre, created in partnership with the Autism Society of Minnesota in 2012. Since its inception, the program has been featured in national publications and honored with national awards.
WHO: Any child in the metro area ages 7-17 who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and would like to make new friends, explore deeper levels of communication and self expression, and creatively work on social skills.
WHAT: CAST is an educational program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our goal is to foster self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration, perception development, and confidence in each of our students, no matter where they land on the spectrum. Stages Theatre Company is ASD certified through Autism Society of Minnesota.”
WHY: The benefits of theatre are incredibly compatible to the deficits of autism. Theatre can do for a child with autism what it does for any child. It helps them to grow in confidence and socialization. It helps them develop a sense of themselves and an awareness of others around them. It gives them a voice and the power to stand up in front of people to use it. These are skills that any child can use as they navigate their lives. For children on the spectrum, the additional guidance and opportunity to work through social and public situations is a great supplement to their development, and in turn, their personal success.
HOW: CAST uses improvisational theatre games as its core to build relationships, build creativity, develop social skills, and find a sense of self in space. Each session, students will practice being excellent audience members at a Stages Theatre Company production. This will also give them the opportunity to see how professional theatre works. Additionally, students will make strides in communication with their peers. They will take ownership of the creative process by celebrating and emphasizing their individuality. At the end of each session students will share their original work, created collaboratively, in a performance for an invited audience of family and friends.
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MEET THE STAFF OF CAST
CAST & SENSORY FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING IN THE NEWS
STAGES THEATRE COMPANY ADDS TO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION
March 2017 – THE DRAMA TEACHER PODCAST – Theatre and Autism: How do you present a Sensory Friendly Performance – LISTEN
September 2016 – VSA INTERNATIONAL – 5 Tips for Teaching Theater to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Acting from the Outside In
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the State’s general fund and its arts and cultural heritage fund and a grant from Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.