April 12 – May 12, 2013
"Pippi is a state of mind. She will literally change everything in her world. When Pippi arrives, the music becomes more upbeat and the colors more vivid. It’s as if Pippi doesn’t fit into her world; she does things that upset the adults in her life, and at times, she is a complete disaster." – Wendy Lement, Director
Parents of children with disabilities can often find themselves socially and emotionally isolated, with treatment of children coming within the strict parameters of a school system. Wheelock Family Theatre understands the importance of teaching to children of multi-intelligences, not through rote content, but with a focus on problem solving through a multi-sensory approach. Indeed, one size does not fit all.
"Kids with autism get silenced in all kinds of ways, and we hope they will see themselves in Pippi. Just as Pippi has her own unique set of strengths and she experiences her world differently, so do kids with autism."
"Pippi Longstocking" will incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into the story. With the role of "Angel Mama" cast with Kerry Thompson, a performer who is deaf and blind, ASL simply becomes one more remarkable feature that Pippi brings to town.
"Drama is a great vehicle for children to learn to express themselves through feelings and language. It teaches kids to develop empathy, engages their imagination and encourages self-confidence and communication skills utilizing drama as the vehicle. Concentration is enhanced through practicing, rehearsing, and performing, using a child’s voice, body and mind."
Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, non-profit theatre associated with Actor’s Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers. Located on the campus of Wheelock College, Wheelock Family Theatre seeks to improve the lives of children and families through the shared experience of live theatre.
Since 1981, Wheelock Family Theatre has interpreted every production in American Sign Language for patrons who are deaf. WFT was one of the first theatres in the country to audio-describe productions for patrons who are blind and the first to open caption all performances for patrons who are hard of hearing. WFT was instrumental in introducing these services and new technologies to other professional theatres in Boston. Access is not limited to our audiences—actors who are blind, deaf, and physically disabled are given unprecedented performance opportunities on our stage.
April 12 – May 12, 2013
Friday nights at 7:30 (except 4/19); Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3:00;
School vacation week matinees (Tue 4/16- Fri 4/19) at 1:00
ASD: Saturday April 27 at 10:00
ASL/AD: Friday May 10 at 7:30 & Sunday May 12 at 3:00
All performances offer Open Captioning
- Tickets: $30, $25, $20. Pajama Party nights: $15. ASD performance: $10.
- Box Office: 617-879-2300; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.WheelockFamilyTheatre.org
- Location: 180 The Riverway on the campus of Wheelock College in Boston’s Fenway district
- Parking: Discounted parking at MASCO garage at 375 Longwood Avenue
- MBTA: Fenway or Longwood on Green Riverside Line (D train); CT busses to Beth Israel
- Access: The Theatre is wheelchair accessible. All performances are Open Captioned. ASD performance Saturday April 27 at 10:00. American Sign Language interpreted performances on Friday May 10 at 7:30 and Sunday May 12 at 3:00. Audio-described performances on Friday May 10 at 7:30 and Sunday May 12 at 3:00.
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