Individuals in Ann Storck Center’s (ASC) Adult Day Training (ADT) program are preparing for the 18th Annual Expressive Arts Performance, an original musical created and performed every year by ADT participants. This year’s show, “Ann’s Diner,” follows Lenny as he acquires a job cooking at a diner. This musical features 11 funny songs about food, dishes, love, and so much more. The theme was thought up by long-time ADT participant, Mindy.
This will be the 12th show for BriAnne Weaver, ASC’s music therapist who facilitates the brainstorming sessions and music classes that bring the show to life. “This show highlights everyone’s unique strengths,” said BriAnne. “It an opportunity for creative expression that showcases everyone’s abilities.”
How the Show is Created
How can a large group of individuals with different abilities create a cohesive musical year after year? BriAnne leads brainstorming sessions with the individuals to decide on a theme. Then the final theme is decided on by a vote. From there, BriAnne gathers smaller groups to create the storyline. With the storyline in place, the groups write songs, coming up with song subjects then deciding how songs should sound – like upbeat and fun, or slow and relaxing. The individuals also decide on set design and costumes with the help of ASC’s art therapy department.
“The participants of this performance can take true ownership over this show,” said BriAnne. “It’s completely theirs from start to finish. Staff and volunteers are simply there to make it a reality.”
Calling All Volunteers!
Every year, staff and volunteers are paired one-on-one with individuals to help bring them on and off stage, add costume flair to outfits, and if needed, assist in holding a microphone and props. Volunteers are still needed for this show, so reach out to BriAnne Weaver if you’re interested in helping. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 954-584-8000 ext. 348.
The community is invited to this free event at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Come open your eyes to the amazing abilities of the individuals with developmental disabilities we serve at Ann Storck Center. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the performance will start at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to NSU, Marcia & Joel Hochberg & Family, and Carmax Cares for generously sponsoring the event.