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CAST

 

For your spectacular actor!CAST program of Stages Theatre Company Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly, Theatre

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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.

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ALSO: 5 Tips for Teaching Theater to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Acting from the Outside In

 

WHO
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

WHAT

CAST is an educational program designed and provided by Stages Theatre Company, dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming and confortable environment for children affected by autism.  Our aim is to foster self-expression, social engagement, creative exploration and confidence in each of our students, no matter where they land on the spectrum.

WHEN

WHENCAST program of Stages Theatre Company Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly, Theatre

  • Fall Session: Sept. 24-Nov. 19 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • Mini-Holiday Session: Dec. 3-17 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • Winter Session: Jan. 21-Mar. 18
  • Spring Session: Apr. 1-May 27

7-11 year olds: 9am-10:30am

12-17 year olds: 11am-12:30pm

Click to discover more about our: C.A.S.T. SUMMER SHOWTIME

 

WHERE

WHERE

Main Street School of Performing Arts – 1320 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN  55343

WHY

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

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.

CAST program of Stages Theatre Company Creative, Accepting, Sensory-Friendly, Theatre

REGISTER

REGISTRATION:

Online: REGISTER HERE

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. Call James Lekatz, CAST Lead Instructor/STC Education Associate & Arts Access at (952) 979-1116 or email at jlekatz@stagestheatre.org for more information.

CLASSES MEET AT:
Main Street School of Performing Arts – 1320 Mainstreet, Hopkins, MN  55343

 

In partnership with

AuSM Society of Minnesota

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.

 

FALL 2016 REGISTRATION INFORMATION IS COMING SOON!

This workshop will sell out quickly! REGISTER HERE

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. Call (952) 979-1138 or email Education Director, Nikki Swoboda for more information.

Stages Theatre Company is Certified in ASD

JAMES-LEKATZ

JAMES LEKATZ (STC Education Associate & Access Specialist) is an ASD Certified educator 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 situations.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 

 

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