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POSTPONED – Stories of Resilience and Support – West Springfield

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 18th

2-4 pm Performance “Stories of Resilience and Support”
4-6 pm Playback Theater Workshop (no experience needed)

Come and explore stories of how we support each other during challenging times, especially for high school youth and families affected by substance use, people in recovery and their loved ones. Audience volunteers are guided to spontaneously share moments from their lives related to the theme. Instantly, performers will capture in music, movement, and dialogue the emotional essence of what is shared.

After the performance, participants are invited to a workshop in skills of deep listening, physical theatre and song, to empathetically honor others’ life experiences. Those interested would be invited to further practice with a new troupe, Playback Theatre NOW which aims to serve communities in Springfield and throughout Western MA

This event is open and free to the public. Donations are welcome and appreciated.

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event page. 

In partnership West Springfield High School and the Care Coalition.

 

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the West Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

 

 

 

 

 

Details

Date:
April 18
Time:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/205089487527930/

Venue

West Springfield High School – Mini Theater
425 Piper Rd.
West Springfield, MA 01089 United States
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Details

Date:
April 18
Time:
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/205089487527930/

Venue

West Springfield High School – Mini Theater
425 Piper Rd.
West Springfield, MA 01089 United States
+ Google Map

What happens in a True Story Theater performance?  Our events bring together the delight of improvisation with the riveting vulnerability of people sharing their personal truth.

The show’s emcee (called “the conductor”) facilitates brief, spontaneous conversations with volunteers from the audience who share their own feelings and experiences related to the show’s theme.  After each conversation, the actors and musician immediately embody the key feelings and actions they heard, using movement, music, dialogue, and superb listening. All of it is improvised on the spot. During the course of a 75 minute show, True Story enacts about 6-8 stories.

From this simple interaction, audience members laugh, cry, get insights about their lives, and feel an expanded sense of community. You can share a moment from your life and see it performed, or just come to watch.

What are True Story Theater’s classes like?  We will teach you the basic of Playback Theatre, which can hone your listening skills for everyday life.  All are welcome.  Classes are supportive, informal, intimate, and fun, an enriching experience for both newcomers and experienced actors.