The Academy was truly honored to experience so many inspiring moments during the Next Steps program for students with autism. Here are a few moments we will not soon forget.
- Cory showed great kindness towards his fellow campers, gently placing an arm around anyone needing a little encouragement.
- Soft-spoken Jonathan, who we could barely hear when we first met him, became comfortable enough with his new friends to try using a “big voice” during drama exercises. It was almost as if he were a different person.
- Ivan shared a glorious voice soaring over the class as we lead a West African folk song. The look of surprise on his face due to the positive response from his classmates was incredible.
- Nicolas wrote a simple song on the piano during his music class, he titled the song “Peaceful Love.” He explained; “I used ‘peaceful’ because I like peaceful music. And I used ‘love’ because that’s what I feel when I come in this place.”
Before the class one young actor nervously shared, “I want to be a Christian singer and a chemistry teacher. I’m not so good in front of people though.” After just a week of classes and theater experiences, she stated with confidence, “I learned that I’m pretty good at this acting stuff.” When a student finds the confidence to follow their dreams, we all remember the true meaning of transforming lives through theater.
Next Steps will be back in session during Spring Break Theater Academy, April 1-5, 2013.
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For more information about Next Steps please contact Program Director Jennifer Adams at (414) 267-2975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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