Theatre-Driven History Programs for Special Needs Students Supported by Funding from The WHAS Crusade for Children
Commonwealth Theatre Center (CTC) received a grant from The WHAS Crusade for Children for the 2018/19 school year in the amount of $5,000 to support programs benefiting young people at Louisville schools that specialize in the education of children with special needs.
The aim of these programs is to develop interpersonal skills, grow confidence and competence working in groups, and improve the ability to think abstractly among students currently enrolled in specialized programs. CTC's expertise working with special needs youth includes previous programming in 2016-17 and 2017-18 with Summit Academy in Middletown that spanned pre-K through high school grade levels.
The first of the programs funded by The WHAS Crusade for Children recently concluded at Friends School, a family cooperative school whose mission is to provide experiential, noncompetitive, child-centered educational opportunities where individual differences are respected and celebrated, and where children with special needs and abilities are welcomed.
CTC brought a 15-week "Exploring History through Drama" program for 5th through 8th graders at the school. In the residency, CTC teaching artists began by introducing students to theatre fundamentals like the actor’s toolkit—body, voice, imagination, and courage—along with concepts like tableau and pantomime. With those tools, students were able to access the historical curriculum from new perspectives. In the sharing exercise at the residency’s culmination, students enacted scenes from modern American history for their classmates, covering major historical and news events and addressing the cultural contexts embedded in them.
The grant from The WHAS Crusade for Children is also supporting programs in spring 2019 at the Binet School, part of Jefferson County Public Schools, which serves students with special needs.
It’s February. Is love in the air?
She is one of the most iconic and formidable female superheroes and one of the first black female comic book characters, alongside the debut of Misty Knight, to be created. He is one of the first superheroes of African heritage to become a popular American comic book character. He first debuted in 1966 and finally got his major film debut in 2016 and own movie in 2018. That’s right, Storm and Black Panther!! This will be a Couples night type painting with 2 canvases, but Singles are encouraged to attend as you can choose either character to paint. (Painting preview posting soon)
Join your Nerdium instructor Victoria on February 10th as she leads you through your very own Marvel couple, Storm & Black Panther, inspired painting A Powerful Union! You can sip on one of the delicious cocktails, fine brews, or other offerings by The Bard’s Town.
The class is $30 (tax included) per person for all painting supplies. Payment in advance required to hold your seat(s).** Please click on ticket link to submit payment via PayPal Friends & Family or Venmo username: nerdy1 or Apple Pay via text to business number. Place name of event in Note/memo/text along with names of guests if more than one person. If you’re a winner of a free paint night & want to use it, please send a message or email: email@example.com.
Only 16 spots available!
Please arrive by 5:15pm to get your drinks and food. Class begins at 6pm and lasts approximately 3 hours. The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY. 40205. For info info, click here!
Squallis Puppeteers presents "Rage-O-Saurus Rex", Saturday- February 2nd, 2019
Puppet Shows at 10:00am & 1:00 pm
Workshops immediately following each performance
Highland Community Campus, 1228 E. Breckinridge St., Louisville, KY 40204
Puppet show: $5.00, Puppet-making workshop: $5.00
Please join us for this Squallis classic! Set in the last Jurassic period, a baby t-Rex and Pterodactyl struggle with friendship, hot lava and hot tempers. A talking volcano shares his wisdom with the young dinosaurs. This puppet show was designed especially for younger children, with audience participation that teaches social and emotional lessons. Recommended for children ages 3-8
First Saturdays- Puppet Show and Workshop Series
The Series is hosted at the Highlands Community Campus (HCC) located at the corner of Barrett Ave and E. Breckinridge St. We invite the public in to our gym-atorium to participate with our unique puppet performances and workshops for families. This is an opportunity to share live performance with the kids you love, watch their imaginations grow, and collaborate with them on their own puppet projects. Stick around after the show to see what you can make together with “make it and take it” puppet workshops. Shows and workshops each run approximately 30 minutes. Come check it all out!
Mission Statement: Squallis Puppeteers uses the art of puppetry to free imaginations, create fantastic characters, and tell the stories that are important to our communities. More information can be found at this link!
The Actors Center for Training and Dancers Center for Training are officially open in their new studio location on the second floor of St. Matthews Station. ACT and DCT Director Beth Craig Hall has planned a two-day celebration.
On January 19, 2019 from 10am - 2pm, the public can drop in to a number of Actor and Dancing training classes held by professional instructors. During this time, ACT Louisville improv actors will perform in the lobby areas, a flash mob will happen in the back courtyard next to Saints Pizza, plus guests will enjoy food and drink along with giveaways and door prizes!
On January 20, 2019 from 9 to 11am, guests can sit in on a special Broadway Connection Musical Theatre Workshop featuring instructor Devin Holloway from the cast of the Broadway Musical Something Rotten. After the workshop anyone interested in meeting at Tinseltown Theatre (4400 Towne Center Drive) to watch a special screening of the Bolshoi Ballet perform La Bayadere at 12:55pm.
Located at ACT & DCT Studios suite 24 A, 3900 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, Kentucky 40207. Learn more at actlouisville.com.
Improv 502 has upcoming drop in classes over the next two Mondays as part of their January Drop In Series. All classes are $25 and can be paid in cash or card the night of or at the links provided.
All classes at The Bard's Town.
Monday Jan. 7th
6pm - Environment
8pm - Finding the Answer to Question Games
Monday Jan. 14th
6pm - Narrative
8pm - The Monoscene
For more info go to this link, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Stefan Gearhart at 502-495-8403.
Find the Answer to Question Games