Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Enlarging the Place: Adapting the Community Theatre Rehearsal Process for Elderly Persons, Persons with Mobility Impairment, and Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder
by Floro, Beth Ann Schoomaker, M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2018, 48; 10823621
Abstract (Summary)

Every civilization on the planet has some form of theatre. Musical theatre is primarily an American art form. It can be enjoyed by everyone. Enjoyment of any art form is increased by knowledge of and participation in the field and amateur productions allow non-professionals to take part in this collaborative activity. All ages and abilities can participate at various levels, from the smallest child to the wheelchair bound adult. It is my firm belief that taking part in a community theatre production is a creative and worthwhile way to express oneself, foster friendships, develop talents, and perpetuate this uniquely American art form.

I researched methods of adapting the musical theatre rehearsal process for different groups of amateurs. Among these groups I focused on the needs of elderly persons, persons with mobility impairment, and persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It is my wish to best adapt traditional rehearsal techniques to suit these and other groups. By seeking out the basic problems for working with specialized groups and by finding workable solutions for each, we will thereby better enable ourselves to work with all of them.

I outlined the general rehearsal process and made practical suggestions for working with and encouraging participation by these groups. In producing their best work, the participants foster a sense of community and strengthen their areas of weakness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: d'Amato, Alison G.
Commitee: Runfola, Maria E.
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Theatre
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater, Performing Arts
Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Elderly, Mobility impaired
Publication Number: 10823621
ISBN: 978-0-438-06136-1
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