Drama is a fun and creative way to explore, work with others, improve speaking skills, and discover new talents. Drama can also be very therapeutic. Studies have shown the immense benefits of drama for senior adults and those with physical and mental challenges. It helps to draw people out of isolation and helps them to connect with each other. It also fosters unity in a group, providing an inspiring way for them to work together to achieve a goal.
In addition to these social benefits, drama helps participants to exercise their imagination and strengthen their cognitive skills. Our activities are suitable for people at all levels of physical and mental ability. Those with difficulty memorizing are welcome to read from a script, and we provide large print scripts for those with visual challenges. And non-speaking roles can be created so that even those with very limited ability can participate. On top of all this, drama is tremendously fun!
- Introduction to Picture Storytelling – A special program for people with cognitive challenges. The participants are shown an interesting picture and are asked to create a story around it. By taking the pressure off of memory and using imagination instead, the program has been found to be a wonderful tool in easing and encouraging communication. It also removes frustration because there are no “right” or “wrong” answers and no memory is required. (1 hour class, maximum 10 students).
- Picture Storytelling Club – Picture Storytelling conducted as a weekly class. This benefits the participants by giving them an outlet in which to communicate in a way that is enjoyable and comfortable at their current level of ability; and to give them an opportunity for continued interaction with each other in a natural, no-pressure setting.
- Introduction to Acting: Drama Delights – This class uses drama games and non-competitive fun activities to help strengthen creativity, observation, and cognitive skills. No previous drama experience is necessary. (1 hour class, maximum 16 students)
- Acting I: Drama Games and Improvisations – Using drama games we will explore and strengthen our inner creativity and spontaneity. These games build creativity, confidence, and focus, and help us to live joyfully in the moment. We will spontaneously act out various situations that can be uproariously funny to deeply touching. Anything can happen and it is always fun! No previous drama experience is necessary. (1 hour class, maximum 12 students. Can also be done as an ongoing weekly class)
- Acting II: More Drama Games and Improvisations – For those who have drama experience or have taken Acting I. Get ready to have more fun and strengthen the creative and cognitive skills you have gained in Acting I. (1 hour class, maximum 12 students. Can also be done as an ongoing weekly class)
- Showtime: Perform a Play – Choose from a variety of scripts of varying length and with a varying number of characters, depending on your group’s needs and abilities. Performances can be anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours long. For groups with difficulty memorizing lines, we can utilize a “Reader’s Theater Forum” where the participants read from the script during the performance. (Time varies. Please contact us to discuss options and pricing)
- Memoir Performance – A unique way to commemorate your group’s life stories. We introduce a topic such as “My First Car” or “The Great Depression” and then help the group write about the subject together as a script, or individually as a series of monologues. The memories can be performed for the group itself, for the whole community, or for family and friends. (Time varies, please contact us to discuss options and pricing)
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