“I personally would like to bring a tortoise onto the stage, turn it into a racehorse, then into a hat, a song, a dragon and a fountain of water. One can dare anything in the theatre….” — Eugene Ionesco

We have the acting bug! An enthusiastic group of actors of all ages gathered this past Saturday for the second day of the acting workshop, On Stage, hosted by Inizio Interventions.

On Stage is a unique experience for individuals with autism and other special needs. Peer role models were part of Saturday’s acting group–facilitating and participating while participants learned about playing different character roles in different settings (i.e., army sergeant, dumb blonde, and cool dude); listening, interpreting, and acting out simple and complex emotions; and reading short scripts in a safe atmosphere of openness and respect for one another. Short breaks offered more opportunities for participants to engage in conversational interchanges.

Actors and peer role models pair up and participate in exercises that help them listen and respond.

The amazing Christina Hart directs the acting workshop and brings her seasoned talents of direction as well as treasure-trove of dynamic acting exercises. Christina is a professional film and television actress with over 75 starring and guest starring roles. She has taught acting for ten years, and produces, directs, and writes for the theater.

At the end of the eight-week workshop, we will present an informal showcase of talents from our budding actors for family and friends to enjoy. Looks like we have plenty of talent to pull from!

In this scene, actors take on different characters and act out a scene in a pretend taxi.

Enrollment is open for the next two weeks (December 4 and December 11) for those wanting to join our acting troupe at the Hollywood Court Theatre. Feel free to call us and arrange an observation to see if this is the workshop for you. Friends and siblings are welcome. We will have a short holiday break before reconvening On Stage in the new year.  Don’t miss out!

For more information, contact Sally Torrens or Cara Stearns Entz: 818.937.0882.
Email: sallytorrens@iniziointerventions.com or caraentz@iniziointerventions.com

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