Springfield Little Theatre and Camp Barnabas team up to offer inclusive summer workshop

Springfield, MO (March 7, 2018)– Art should be accessible to all, and the stage is no exception. That’s why Camp Barnabas and Springfield Little Theatre have paired up to premiere a brand new, inclusive summer theatre workshop in Springfield this May.

The program, “Friend Like Me,” is a four day musical theatre workshop designed for individuals ages 8 and up with special needs who have a passion for the arts. It will be hosted at Wilder Elementary, which includes a wheelchair accessible stage and classrooms.

“The theatre experience offers a dynamic learning environment that builds confidence, increases self-esteem and strengthens so many life skills. We wanted to find a way to extend that experience to everyone, and Camp Barnabas was instrumental in helping us make that happen.”Beth Domann, Executive Director of Springfield Little Theatre

All participating artists will be paired with a side-by-side buddy to guide them through each activity, including theatre games, music exploration, creative movement, poetry and art. The four day workshop will culminate in a final musical theatre performance at the end of the week.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Springfield Little Theatre. We’ve seen firsthand how effective a one-on-one model can be in helping individuals with special needs recognize and reach their full potential. To see that come to life on a stage and in a theatre format is incredibly beautiful. We’re going to see kids, who never had the chance before this, break out of their shell and achieve something they never knew was possible.”Krystal Simon, Chief Development Officer for Barnabas

The “Friends Like Me” workshop is $125 per person and will run Tuesday, May 29 through Friday, June 1 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. All disabilities and diagnoses are welcome. Program spots are limited.

To register, visit www.SprigfieldLittleTheatre.org or call 417-869-3869.

Springfield Little Theatre is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization energized by the highest artistic ideals that strives to entertain, educate, and involve the community in live theatrical productions and in the preservation of the historic Landers Theatre.

Barnabas Foundation, Inc., Camp Barnabas and Barnabas Prep exist to offer opportunities to all individuals, regardless of their disability or diagnosis, and to the people who serve them by providing social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge, social learning and human dignity. For more information about Camp Barnabas, visit www.CampBarnabas.org.