Laugh, Learn, and Lead with the Power of Improv

Joshua's Stage

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Joshua’s Stage is excited to announce a collaboration with Move Your Tale,  a collaborative performing arts experience and the opportunity to create, communicate and entertain.

Sundays, March 26th through May 7th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751

Students with a wide range of special needs in grades 6-8 will engage in the free-flowing process of improv in a warm and welcoming environment with awesome activities such as: Alien Translator; Guests-At-A-Party; Questions Only; Freeze; Build-A-Scene, and more!

Your child will have the opportunity to: demonstrate creativity; develop self-confidence during each class and the culminating performance; maintain high self-esteem; form long-lasting relationships with peers with similar needs and caring, qualified teachers; enhance oral language expression, and engage in positive team building exercises. The culminating improv performance takes place during the All Ages Improv Show on May 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Fun! Exciting! Awesome! Beautiful! Theatre Arts for Grades K-5

Theatre Arts, for children in grades K-5 with a wide range of special needs have the opportunity to demonstrate creativity, develop self-confidence in the classroom and during performances, maintain high self-esteem, form long-lasting relationships with children with similar needs and caring, qualified teachers. Activities include improv games, student-created puppets and masks, pantomime, aspects of theatre such as acting, stage direction, set design, and more!

Sundays, February 26th through April 9th, 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Capitol School of Austin
2011 W Koenig Ln
Austin, TX 78756

Please note that there is no class on Sunday March 12th. The sixth class of the six-weeks session includes the student-created performance for families and friends. The session includes an instructor and volunteers to support the students.

Register here

Joshua’s Stage is the premiere performance center for children ages 3 to 18 with a wide range of special needs; featuring classes, workshops, performances, and exhibits in theatre arts, dance, digital photography, and filmmaking.

For questions about the theatre arts session or Joshua’s Stage, please contact Joshua Levy, Executive Director, at joshua.levy@joshuasstage.org, or 512-825-2744.

FULL SPEED

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Our fabulous dance class is performing live during FULL SPEED, on Sunday February 12! JCC Austin Adult Programs and the Austin Jewish Repertory Theater celebrate Jewish Disability and Inclusion Awareness Month with Full Speed, an exciting showcase featuring art created and performed by very special citizens of our world. The afternoon will include performances by Joshua’s Stage, the Austin State Supported Living Center, TILT Performance Group, We Are the Chorus, and other companies from the Austin area with a focus on artists with special needs.

JOIN US FOR THIS FREE PERFORMANCE AND EXPERIENCE THE TALENTS OF AUSTIN’S UNIQUELY-ABLED ARTISTS AT FULL SPEED!

Sunday February 12, 3:00 p.m.
JCC Community Hall Stage
7300 Hart Lane
Austin, TX 78731

Laugh, Learn, and Lead with the Power of Improv

move-your-tale

Joshua’s Stage is excited to announce a collaboration with Move Your Tale,  a collaborative performing arts experience and the opportunity to create, communicate and entertain.

Sundays, March 26th through May 7th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751

Students with a wide range of special needs in grades 6-8 will engage in the free-flowing process of improv in a warm and welcoming environment with awesome activities such as: Alien Translator; Guests-At-A-Party; Questions Only; Freeze; Build-A-Scene, and more!

Your child will have the opportunity to: demonstrate creativity; develop self-confidence during each class and the culminating performance; maintain high self-esteem; form long-lasting relationships with peers with similar needs and caring, qualified teachers; enhance oral language expression, and engage in positive team building exercises. The culminating improv performance takes place during the All Ages Improv Show on May 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ColdTowne Theater.

So that each child’s talents and abilities can be maximized, the class size will be no more than 8 students. The seven-weeks session fee is $200.00. Scholarships and tuition assistance are available.

Team taught by experienced improv instructors and Joshua’s Stage faculty,  this collaboration promises to provide the uniquely joyful approach Move Your Tale takes to improv in a manner crafted to suit a specific student.

Register for Laugh, Learn, and Lead with the Power of Improv here. 

For questions about the session, please contact Joshua Levy, Executive Director at joshua.levy@joshuasstage.org, or 512-825-2744.

Monologue of The Week – Sarah Marah

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Yes, that’s who I am, Sarah Marah. They call me everything under the Sun from Sara Marinara, to S’marah, to Samrah, and sometimes just Sarah. Enough about my name. I did something and it wasn’t a good something and it wasn’t a bad something either. But it was something and I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have to tell you about the something. That something isn’t everything you know, so I don’t know what the big deal about the something is. Or even what it isn’t. But that is neither here nor there. Here is the something and the something that goes like this. I was walking down the path and the trees were taller than the building around the corner. There were stones that looked smooth as silk and there were rocks that looked rough as sand. I picked up a stone and I picked up a rock and it felt like I was holding a stale cookie in my hand. I kept walking down the path and looked out across the creek and watched the birds fly over the low water. But I was watching the bird for too long and I tripped and stumbled over a huge, gigantic tree root that was stuck out of the ground. When I went flying into the air next to a bird the stone and rock fell from my hand and they hit that squirrel on the head. He’s going to be okay. You asked me about the something that I did, and that is my something. Was there something else?

Monologue of The Week -Broccoli Bacon Mess

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Broccoli Bacon Mess

So last night I choked. I really, really choked, you know, the real deal. The coughing thing, the watery eyes thing, my hands on my throat thing. I couldn’t breathe for about 10 seconds, well it felt like 10 minutes, but you know what I mean. It all started because I wouldn’t eat my broccoli. I mean, come on, who wants to eat broccoli anyway? Not me. So my dad sizzled up some bacon, which smelled really, really good, and cut it up and covered it all over my broccoli. There was more bacon than broccoli, and I was like, sure why not. So I took a huge forkful of the stuff, shoved that heaping pile of bacon-broccoli in my mouth and it tasted so good I didn’t think to start chewing. I just kind of swallowed it all in one gulp, and then something bad happened. That huge glob of broccoli-bacon got stuck right here, right where it is supposed to go down, but well, it didn’t, and that’s where things got bad and got bad fast. I stood up and grabbed the table, and I moved my head forward to try and throw up the mess, but that didn’t work. I wasn’t sure how long I was going to hold my breath, and I was very scared. My dad rushed over and smacked my back a few times and the next thing I know I was coughing real hard and that huge glob of bacon and broccoli started falling out of me. I think some of it even came out of my nose. It went all over the table, and some of it landed on the floor. I took a few deep breaths, and my mom helped me to calm down. I started to cry, and then I laughed. After I laughed a little more Dad asked if I wanted some more broccoli and bacon. I passed on that one.

Monologue of The Week -Sledding In Trouble

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This week’s monologue was written by my daughter Shayna Levy.

We used to sled down the hill, but not the baby one. The one for big kids. Like me. And my brother. We would drag the sled up, and I would get on. He would hold it and jump on, and away we go. But then I broke my arm. So when I healed and could sled again, Mom made us use the baby one. We were embarrassed, and held our heads down. It wasn’t NEARLY as fun. No thrill. AT ALL. So we went back up on the big kid one. But that’s when Mom came to pick us up. And she saw us on the big kid hill. TROUBLE! We ran down the other side of the hill. This was good, this was good. But she found us. She found us! She really did! We got in trouble. But mainly me because I had broken my arm and needed to be CAREFUL. What a pointless word. Careful. Anyway, now Mom took away our sled and Dad won’t buy us another one. So now we just have snowball fights.