Unified Theater will present its 2015 production on Nov. 19 and 20 at Sedgwick Middle School in West Hartford.
The award goes to student leadership and creativity when Sedgwick’s 165 cast and crew members spotlight ability, acceptance, and inclusion in its 2015 Unified Theater production entitled “Hollywood: Everyone’s A Star.” The show will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19 and Friday, Nov. 20 on the Sedgwick Middle School stage.
Both shows are at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a slideshow and light refreshments.
This year’s theme produced a bevy of brainstorming ideas which have evolved into 13 three-minute scenes, each depicting one awesome human quality that future Hollywood stars will hopefully emulate.
Unified Theater is a totally student run, produced, directed and written production. Eleven student leaders include: scene director Jack Murphy, choreographer Fallon Moore, assistant choreographer Coco Haverty, assistant director Trey Martin, co-producers Samantha Lee and Sara Rodonis, assistant producer Ruby Eisler, co-inclusion specialists Emmy Delaney and Jenna Kopp, and stage crew co-directors Saverio Palaia and Gabby Sohn have worked closely together since January laying the groundwork for the fall Friday practices.
Adult co-advisors Melissa Lotstein, 6th grade Sedgwick music teacher, and Denise Brezinski, special needs paraprofessional have guided the group throughout the theatrical process.
In this fully-inclusive theater production, students of all abilities work side by side as equally contributing members. Students are able to explore many aspects of theater- dancing, singing, acting, stagecraft and more – while having fun and getting to know their classmates.
Unified Theater’s collaborative effort – with the mission of creating a theatrical production equally featuring the talents of individuals with and without special needs – is a not-for-profit endeavor begun at Conard High School in 2002 by former student Micaela Connery.
Get excited! Get included! Get creative! and … Get going! Come witness creativity over conformity, collaboration over competition, ability over disability. This “perfectly imperfect” show strives to treat everyone as individuals and equals. Together, we can put the spotlight on ability!
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