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CAST ~ For your spectacular actor! [C]REATIVE [A]CCEPTING [S]ENSORY-FRIENDLY [T]HEATRE

CAST ~ For your spectacular actor!

C.A.S.T. stands for [C]REATIVE, [A]CCEPTING, [S]ENSORY-FRIENDLY, [T]HEATRE and is a leader in spectrum theatre, is an education program by Stages Theatre Company dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment for children affected by autism.
The program is for 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.

During each session of CAST, students will also attend a Sensory-Friendly Performance at Stages Theatre Company.

AGES 7-17
$125 PER STUDENT
Plus a $5 handling fee per child
*Tuition assistance available through our Open Door Program (see page 23 for details)

7-11 YEARS OLD: SATURDAYS 9:00-10:30 am
12-17 YEARS OLD: SATURDAYS 11:00 AM -12:30 Pm

FALL SESSION: September 22 – November 17, 2018
HOLIDAY SESSION: DECEMBER 1 – December 15, 2018
* Cost is $35 per child for this session, plus a $5 handling fee per child.
WINTER SESSION: January 19 – march 16, 2019
SPRING SESSION: March 30 – May 25, 2019

CLASSES MEET AT PIM ARTS HIGH SCHOOL

REGISTER

 

MAKING ART PART OF THE PUZZLE SINCE 2012.

CAST is a leader of spectrum theatre whose 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.

During each session of CAST, students will also attend a Sensory Friendly performance at Stages Theatre Company.

WHEN:

  • 7-11 year olds: 9 – 10:30 am
  • 12-17 year olds: 11 am – 12:30 pm

WHERE: CLASSES MEET AT PIM ARTS HIGH SCHOOL

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.

REGISTER:

Online: REGISTER

Or by PHONE: (952) 979-1111, option 4 / Tues.-Sat., Noon-6 PM

  • $125 per student/Fall, Winter, Spring sessions
  • $35 per student/Mini-Holiday session

– A non-refundable $5 handling fee is assessed to each student
– Full payment is due at the time of registration
– A $25 deposit (part of your registration fee) and all handling fees are non-refundable.

TUITION ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE

TUITION ASSISTANCE/ OPEN DOOR PROGRAM
  952-979-1112
  opendoorprogram@stagestheatre.org

 

Stages Theatre Company is ASD Certified!

STC is an ASD certified and is the primary instructor for our CAST and Sensory Friendly programming.

  • Understanding how people with autism think, including strengths and challenges.
  • Learning how differences in thinking lead to differences in behavior.
  • Examining how different tools (or interventions) address the strengths and challenges of ASD.
  • Identifying tools to support clients in different solutions.
The CAST Staff

Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha is primarily a director and educator. As an instructor she is passionate about diversity, accessibility, and acting process. She has worked previously with Inspiration Performing Arts Center, Stages, Northfield Arts Guild, A+ Arts Club Autism and the Arts, Black Dirt Theatre, and La Crosse Community Theatre. At LCT, Sara served as the Education Director and started the first sensory-friendly theatre programming in the Coulee Region called Imagination Spectrum. She has also taught at the collegiate level for MSU Mankato, University of Minnesota Morris, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Northern State University. She holds an MFA in Acting from MSU Mankato

Peter-Morrow

Peter Morrow has worked as a composer, sound designer and teaching artist for the last eleven years. He moved to the Twin Cities from Dublin, Ireland in August 2012 where he worked as a music teacher in a school for students with autism for 5 1/2 years. There he also worked with the company Brokentalkers, devising new works that have toured extensively. He currently works with several theatres for young audiences in the Twin Cities area as a teaching artist. Since moving to Minnesota he has worked with companies, theaters and artists including New Native Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Theatre Latte Da, Swandive Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Artistry, Interact, Pillsbury House, Pangea World Theatre,Ifrah Mansour, zAmya, Macalaster College, Hiponymous, Red Eye Theatre, The Playwright Centre and The Guthrie Theatre.  He also works as a tutor for students with autism and as a PCA.

At Stages Theatre Company, Peter has been working with the CAST Program for four years and has been part of developing the curriculum which is noted on many national platforms. For the summer CAST session, Peter also serves as designer and mentor for ASD youth who are serving as interns. He also works as a composer and designer for Stages. Favorite shows here include the sound design for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Velveteen Rabbit.

In partnership with

AuSM Society of Minnesota

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

September 2016 – VSA WebinarBody, Voice, Imagination How Theatre Arts Curriculum Can Be Used to Overcome Barriors

CAST Program at Stages Theatre Company

CAST Program at Stages Theatre Company

MNStateArtsBoardCleanWaterThis 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.

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