Friday, May 26, 2017

Project Stage Light

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“To be a star you must shine your own light, follow your own path; don’t worry about the darkness, that is when the stars shine brightest.”

Project Stage Light is a cultural arts program sponsored by the Association for persons with Intellectual Disabilities (AID). This program was created to provide cultural art opportunities for children and adults with special needs. The creative process of art can provide emotional, physical, and cognitive benefits. It can reduce stress, resolve conflicts, and aid in the development of interpersonal skills.

Purpose:
To provide cultural arts opportunities for individuals with developmental disablities, while illuminating their potential and building a sense of community.we_are_theatre4_web

Project Stage Light began in 2010 with the performance of "A Christmas Carol." It took two months of rehearsals, 49 actors, and 47 VIP staff and volunteers to bring the Dickens classic to the stage. The peformance was held at the Shuck Recital Hall located at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus in Cape Girardeau. Appproximately 250 guests attended the performance.

Due to the overwhelming positive response from the actors, their family members, and many community members, AID provided the funding to continue the program.
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In 2011, after five months of rehearsals, 70 actors and volunteers performed "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" at the Cape Junior High School Auditorium. Approximately 800 guests attended the performance. In addition to theatre, Project Stage Light offers other creative opportunities in art, cooking, and music.

Project Stage Light works in conjunction with the SHINE program. SHINE is our volunteer mentor program designed to provide training and opportunities for volunteers in the community who wish to work with individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information on the SHINE program or to apply as a volunteer, please click on the SHINE Mentor Program link listed on the right-hand side of this page. We are always looking for wonderful volunteers who exhibit positive enthusiasm, and have a desire to help others.

Currently, we are also seeking a Cultural Arts Coordinator to assist with direction, implementation, and fundraising of this amazing program. If you are interested in becoming part of our cultural arts team, please click on the Jobs link at the top of this page for more information.

Here's what some of our actors, families, and community members have said about Project Stage Light:

"I think I have more confidence that I can do anything I put my mind to."
--Brian, who was one of three actors who played the part of Ebenezer Scrooge

"They did such a great job. It gives them such a sense of being and a sense of accomplishment." --Mayor Harry Rediger

"I thought it was wonderful. I had to keep swallowing that lump in my throat." --Bill Guth, parent of one of the actors

"It's just awesome." --Becky, sister to one of the actors

"I know I can do anything I set my mind to do." --Teri, who was one of four actors who played the part of Dorothy Gale

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