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- DEAR EVAN HANSEN High School Matinee Performance
- THE LION KING Sensory-Friendly Performance
- STG in Hospitals
- Theatre Access Program (TAP)
- ASL, OC and AVIA
DEAR EVAN HANSEN High School Matinee Performance
Seattle Theatre Group (STG), The People’s Theatre, launched a new initiative in partnership with the show DEAR EVAN HANSEN called “The Digital Education Program (DEP): Power to Inspire.” In order for schools to attend the January 24, 2019 performance of DEAR EVAN HANSEN for $10.00 a ticket, schools had to apply into the program. STG’s interest in geographic equity gave priority to Title I, King county and regional schools.
Each participating student was required to complete a project focused on a positive message. After listening to the song, "YOU WILL BE FOUND" from the show, students either had to write a poem or letter addressed to themselves or a specific reader. Following the letter, students created an art piece influenced by their poem or letter. Schools provided students with a minimum of 5 hours of space, time, materials and staff support in order to complete their projects, which they created using their imagination to express important ideas or feelings. Each student created a project and schools selected their top project to share with STG.
In addition, classroom teachers and school counselors were required to attend a mandatory training focused on themes around the show. This training was created to better prepare educators to engage in healthy conversations with their students post show.
Finally, teachers and students were required to attend a mandatory livestream from the comfort of their schools to engage in a conversation with the cast of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. During this time, students were able to experience using media as a way to communicate responsibly and connect with the cast of the show and ask questions.
The overall goal of this program was to engage in healthy conversations regarding connection, identity, social media and living in the digital age, while helping students further develop collaborative and critical thinking skills and greater appreciation of the arts.
Please join us in thanking STG sponsors of the Dear Evan Hansen Student Matinee:
THE LION KING Sensory-Friendly Performance
STG, Disney Theatrical Group, TDF and our community partners were proud to offer a sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King on January 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Paramount Theatre. This show was performed in a supportive and judgement-free environment for families and friends with children or adults affected by autism to enjoy the shared experience of live theatre.
What is a Sensory-Friendly Performance?
Slight adjustments to lighting and sound were made for the performance. In the downstairs theatre lobby, and on each floor, there were break areas staffed by specialists in the field for anyone who needed to leave their seat during the show. A downloadable Social Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production was made available, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance such as a Character Guide and Guide to Attending the Show were also made available.
Special thanks to major supporters of the sensory-friendly performance:
STG IN HOSPITALS
The Broadway League’s National Education and Engagement program presented ten national organizations with grants to help them develop and maintain programming associated with Touring Broadway productions. Seattle Theatre Group was one of 10 recipients to receive the grant for a collaboration with Melodic Caring Project (MCP) and Disney Theatrical Group. STG in Hospitals featuring Disney’s Aladdin implemented access and inclusion that served children in hospitals. During September and October of 2017, the project engaged up to 200 children and their families who suffer from serious medical conditions. This unique program combined direct engagement with a sing-a-long, live streaming technology of a backstage tour, cast visit by Genie and Jasmine to Children’s Hospital, and viewing of a live production of Aladdin, plus a talkback at the Paramount Theatre.
STG also received a Broadway League grant in 2013 for the Power of Horses series connecting to War Horse. Watch all three episodes below!
THEATRE ACCESS PROGRAM (TAP)
STG is committed to creating opportunities for increased access to all of our programs, particularly for non-profit organizations whose clients cannot afford to purchase tickets. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the arts! Our Theatre Access Program (TAP) provides such access.