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THE LION KING Sensory-Friendly Performance
DEAR EVAN HANSEN High School Matinee Performance
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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 availablee, 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.
Inspired by the success of STG’s recent student matinees and education curriculum for HAMILTON, we are planning to mirror this program for DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Themes from the show that will be highlighted include connection, identity, social media, and living in the digital age.
A DEAR EVAN HANSEN matinee is scheduled for Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm at The Paramount Theatre (911 Pine Street, Seattle WA 98101). This program is intended for high school students grades 9-11. Priority will be given to Title I schools and organizations serving low income students. Applications will be reviewed until October 31, 2018. Acceptance letters will be emailed the week of November 6, 2018.
Broadway at Westlake
This program takes place at Westlake Dance Center, 14713 Bothell Way NE in Seattle. Each class costs $13.00 (unless otherwise noted). Payment is required upon pre-registration. Scholarships are available upon request.
STG's Broadway at Westlake is a workshop program presented by Seattle Theatre Group and Westlake Dance Center. Dancers are invited to take classes inspired by Broadway shows being presented at The Paramount Theatre. These classes are not taught by a company member but they will be taught by Nikki Long.
Remaining 2018-2019 Broadway at Westlake sessions:
Cats - March 16, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - RSVP now!
School of Rock - May 4, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - RSVP now!
Wicked - June 1, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - RSVP now!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - July 20, 2019 from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - RSVP now!
Broadway at Kent
STG's Broadway at Kent is a workshop program in partnership with the Kent Senior Center, Kent Library and Seattle Theatre Group. Dancers of all skill levels and ages are invited to take classes inspired by Broadway shows being presented at The Paramount Theatre. These classes are not taught by a company member but they will be taught by Nikki Long.
This season's remaining Broadway at Kent sessions:
Cats - March 8, 2019 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm at Kent Senior Center
School of Rock - May 3, 2019 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm at Kent Senior Center
Wicked - May 19, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Kent Library
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - July 21, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Kent Library
Nikki Long is a California native who has lived and danced all over the country and the world. She is a mother of two, a professional dancer, a professional photographer, a Pilates instructor & assists in the casting of Aladdin on Broadway & its touring companies. She is an original cast member and dance captain for Aladdin on Broadway. She was formerly a cast member of Disney's The Lion King on Broadway and in its 1st National Tour, Monty Python's Spamalot 1st National Tour (original cast), and a Radio City Rockette in NYC. Her regional theater credits include Elf, Cinderella, Catch Me If You Can, On The Town, White Christmas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mame. She is a former dancer for Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, and Monica. Other highlights include performances on The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View, The American Music Awards, The Image Awards, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, 106 & Park, Nightline and various music videos and commercials. She has a B.A. from Santa Clara University with a double major in Spanish and Dance, and has a minor in International Business.
Programs and speakers for this season will include:
Topic: Breaking away from abusive relationships
Sophia Stephens is a freelance writer, journalist, speaker, educator and advocate based in Seattle. She/they work with a variety of local/national organizations including The Stranger, Everyday Feminism, Kids & Race, the International Examiner, Distinction Music Management, and Northwest Asian Weekly, with featured writings in the Washington Post and HuffPo (Huffington Post). Sophia’s work primarily engages with issues of radical intersectional social justice, politics, and popular culture, and strives to cover stories of the human experience with an informed, compassionate voice. The evening’s talk will feature anecdotes and perspectives from Sophia’s experiences with emotional abuse, and from the lives of domestic violence survivors that they have loved, supported, guided, and learned from on their shared journey. If interested in connecting, you can find Sophia on Instagram and Twitter: @sophia_akiko
On Your Feet
Topic: The Transformation of Cuba (Rise of Fidel Castro)
Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a Cuban-born, self-taught artist with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals, General Mills among others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College. His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, two 4Culture Individual Artist Grants, ArtSpace’s 2016 DeJunius Hughes Award for Activism and the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant. Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.
Disney’s The Lion King
Topic: Touring with Disney’s the Lion King
NIKKI LONG is a California native but has lived and danced all over the country and in other parts of the world. She is a mother of two, a professional dancer, a professional photographer, a Pilates instructor & assists in the casting of Aladdin on Broadway & its touring companies. She is an original cast member and dance captain for Aladdin on Broadway. She was formerly a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King Broadway and 1st National Tour, Monty Python’s Spamalot 1st National Tour (original cast), and a Radio City Rockette in NYC. Her regional theatre credits include Elf, Cinderella, Catch Me If You Can, On The Town, White Christmas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mame. She is a former dancer for Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, and Monica. Other highlights include performances on The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View, The American Music Awards, The Image Awards, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, 106 & Park, Nightline and various music videos and commercials. She has a B.A. from Santa Clara University double majoring in Spanish and Dance, and has a minor in International Business.
Dear Evan Hansen
Topic: Discussing the effects of anxiety disorders
Daniela Ferdico is a Neuropsychologist who specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism & ADHD, as well as accompanying anxiety and mood disorders in children and teens. She runs a Neurodevelopmental Clinic in Bellevue Washington and has two amazing children, including her son who is on the Autism Spectrum. Dr. Ferdico is lucky to combine her personal and clinical experiences with Autism & sensory difficulties with her lifelong experience in theater and music.
Topic: Ms. Maki will be moderating a discussion with a guest artist.
Kathleen Maki's spirit for Broadway began when she attended the First National Tour of CATS at what is now the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. She began her career as an arts marketer and educator for various regional theatre companies including Intiman Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Clarence Brown Theatre. Recognized as a business development leader within the Broadway industry, Kathleen chairs and serves on national steering committees, and is a keynote speaker at conferences. Originally from Wisconsin, Kathleen graduated from Illinois State University with a M.F.A in Directing and from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Theatre.
School of Rock
Topic: Ms. Phillips will be moderating a discussion with a guest artist.
Vivian Phillips is seasoned broadcast and communications professional. She most recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Seattle Theatre Group, and completed 3-terms of leadership as chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. Featured by the Seattle Times as a notable leader in Seattle’s arts community, Vivian also served as Director of Communications for Seattle Mayor Paul Schell and has been recipient of Telly and Emmy awards for her broadcast communications excellence. She regularly moderates live conversations and lists among the most notable – Ta-Nehesi Coates, Harry Belafonte, Magic Johnson, Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Terry McMillan, Congressman John Lewis, Jesmyn Ward, and the parents of Trayvon Martin, as well as the mother of Michael Brown.
Topic: Page to Stage
John Jacobsen is a 2014 Emmy Award winning director and also the 2015 winner of Freehold Theatre’s prestigious Honored Artist Award; he is a principle partner at the production company MogaJacobsen and is the host and producer of the Emmy Award winning national television show on PBS, The Artist Toolbox. He directed the feature film Around the Fire (starring Tara Reid and Devon Sawa), which premiered at The Seattle International Film Festival and was nominated for The Best Independent Filmmaker’s Award, and which won Best Film at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. John has written and sold numerous screenplays, won writing awards and competitions, been produced, and is having a book published of his work in the late Winter of 2015. He has also produced features, including the Columbia/Tri-Star picture Nervous Ticks starring Bill Pullman and Peter Boyle and his other production credits include the HBO movie of the week, Danger of Love with Richard Lewis, John Frankenheimer's 52 Pick Up, written by Elmore Leonard, with Roy Scheider and Ann Margret, and The Assassin with Charles Bronson. Several short films he produced won awards including the Aspen Film Festival and the gold, silver, and bronze awards at the Houston international Film Festival and featured talent such as Sandra Bullock and Sally Kirkland. He directed the films ARTHUR and SPINNING, and served as the Creative Consultant on many films, recently on IFILM THAT and THE GIFT, supervising everything creative from script to casting to planning the shots to final cut. He has directed over thirty stage productions regionally and in New York, working with such talents as Bill Pullman, Eli Wallach, Linda Hunt, John Shea, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Boyle, Scott Bakula, Yeardley Smith, and Jill Eikenberry. He has directed commercials (including Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Heart Association, Microsoft, United Airlines, San Diego Zoo, the Nature Conservatory, etc…), documentaries and corporate videos, and worked as an assistant on Broadway musicals to the legendary director, Hal Prince. He directed and produced the Tribute to Katherine Dunham on CBS's Emmy Award-winning Kennedy Center Honors and worked with the Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Charles Guggenheim. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of TheFilmSchool and served as its President since its inception in 2003 until 2013. He was the Vice President of the ACT Theatre, one of the country’s leading regional theatres, and is on the Advisory Board of The New Century Theatre Company. He is a script doctor, mentors directors and writers on their feature film and television projects, and is on the faculties of the Professional Acting Theatre Program at the University of Washington's School of Drama and Freehold Theatre, and teaches master classes in acting (film and stage), directing (film and stage) and writing all around the country at such fine institutions as Seattle University, UCLA, Cornish College, Seattle Central Community College, and TheFilmSchool which he co-founded and was the Executive Director for ten years. He also speaks all over the country on the importance of STORY in branding and motivating and consults with numerous creative agencies. He is a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute (AFI), a member of the honor society, Omnicron Delta Kappa, has won numerous writing and directing awards, has won several awards for his photography, and won the Big Brother of the Year Award. See his website at www.johnejacobsen.com.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Topic: The Life of Roald Dahl, writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Martha Brockenbrough is the award-winning author of many books for children and adults, including Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and highly accessible story of the founding father’s extraordinary life. Her novel The Game of Love and Death won a Washington State Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. A former journalist, she founded National Grammar Day and teaches in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Photo with Faith Seetoo, Associate Conductor of the North American Tour of Aladdin
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 ten 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!
Thank you to all of the schools who participated in EDUHAM!
• Two matinee performances were presented at the Paramount Theatre: March 8 and March 14, 2018.
• HAMILTON Education Program (EDUHAM) served Title I Schools students studying American History.
• The program involved the students learning about Alexander Hamilton in their classrooms; creating their own artistic work with selected schools performing on the Paramount stage in front of their peers, Q&A with the cast and seeing the full production of HAMILTON.
• Each student paid $10 towards their ticket - the rest was underwritten from Pivotal Ventures, Schultz Family Foundation & Google.
• Seattle Theatre Group helped some King County schools financially with student tickets and/or bus transportation.
• Seattle Theatre Group was proud to have made this national education program happen in partnership with HAMILTON, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funders from Pivotal Ventures, Schultz Family Foundation & Google.
• 39 schools in attendance at The Paramount Theatre
• ALL schools in audience were from WA state
• 1,275 KING COUNTY STUDENTS SERVED
• 37 schools in attendance at The Paramount Theatre
• Schools came from Portland, OR & WA state
• 485 KING COUNTY STUDENTS SERVED
Want to customize a theatre workshop or residency at your school for one of the Broadway shows? Looking for an assembly? STG can provide one or multiple visits.
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