Special Needs Arts Group Stages Its Inaugural Show

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Dylan’s Down with the Arts Theater Group Gives People with Special Needs a Chance to Shine On Stage

Participants performing the song “Tomorrow” from the musical "Annie."

After a first of its kind, week-long theater camp, kids and adults with special needs and their typical peers had the opportunity to perform for the public on June 22, 2012 at The Parker Arts Culture & Events (PACE) Center.

Leslie Secrist, co-founder with her husband Stephen of Dylan’s Down with the Arts, sponsored this amazing event. Leslie said, “I was overwhelmed with the creativity these kids had to offer! They all tried so hard, made huge strides throughout the week, and formed some wonderful friendships! I think it was a safe environment where they felt free to be themselves!”

The mother of one of the participants, Jean Kirshner, said “This was an amazing experience Leslie, Stephen and Dylan’s Down with the Arts provided for the entire community. We are all so lucky to benefit from this couple’s tremendous vision, passion, and heart.”

There were 18 people with special needs that participated in the theater camp. Each was excited for their chance to change into full costume to perform for the public. No theater experience was required because instruction was given to all participants on singing, acting, and dance choreography.

The Summer Theater Camp all came together thanks to a collaborate effort from Dylan’s Down with the Arts, The Parker Arts Culture & Events (PACE) Center and Inspire Creative that provided the theater instruction. This event was sponsored by MML Investors Services.

For more information on Dylan’s Down with the Arts please contact Leslie Secrist at [email protected] or call Dylan’s Down with the Arts at 303.886.5224.

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