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Each year, Emerson Stage presents one production dedicated as Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). For our students, this production is a unique opportunity to work on theatrical pieces designed for young people. For our communities, it is an opportunity for an engaging, educational, and enjoyable field trip.
Emerson Stage reserves two performances of each TYA production specifically for school groups. These performances occur at 10:00 am on school days, and are filled with students visiting Emerson College with their classmates. In addition to the performance, we provide supplemental educational items, including a production study guide sent to the teachers before the performance date, post-show discussions?with members of our cast and crew, and (when available), visits to the participating schools.
This year’s TYA production is Flora & Ulysses, by Kate DiCamilo and adapted by John Glore. Recommended for students and families ages 6+, we will offer two sensory-friendly and four standard performances open to the public.?
Flora & Ulysses
Flora and Ulysses? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
By Kate DiCamillo, adapted by John Glore
Directed by Joe Antoun
November 2-10, 2018
Self-proclaimed cynic Flora Belle Buckman is ten years old and loves comic books. When she sees a squirrel about to be vacuumed up by her neighbor, she jumps into action to save him, like any good comic book hero would do. The squirrel, who she names Ulysses, emerges from the vacuum endowed with super powers of flight and poetry. In this heartfelt adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s 2014 Newbery Medal winning novel, Flora, Ulysses and their friend William embark on adventures that solve the problems of the heart with love, courage and understanding.
- Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 8:00 pm
- Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 2:00 pm
- Friday, November 9, 2018 - 8:00 pm
- Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Tickets will be on sale in August 2018.
Two performances of Flora & Ulysses will be reserved for school groups only. These performances will take place on:
- Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:00 am
- Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00 am
For questions and ticketing information, please contact emersonstageemerson [dot] edu.
New this year!?
Emerson Stage is pleased to announce our first ever Sensory-Friendly performances.?These performances will be modified slightly to ensure a welcoming, supportive environment for individuals on the?Autism spectrum,?or with?other developmental differences or sensory needs. Modifications may include:
- Lessened/softer sound and lighting effects
- Fewer seats sold to allow more space between families and groups
- A "break space" for those who need to step away from the performance
- Permission of snacks in the theater
- Pre-show materials to help familiarize our audience members with the theater
These performances will take place as matinees on Saturday November 3 and November 10, 2018.
This project is still in development - stay tuned for updates, supplemental materials, and ticketing info!
To ensure school groups and families alike have a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Emerson Stage, our dramaturgs, Education Coordinator, and Sensory-Friendly Advisor?will prepare a variety of supplemental and educational materials. Stay tuned! These will be shared here throughout our production process.
Ellen Rothfuss is a graduate of Emerson College’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. At Emerson she organized a Sensory Friendly?production of Honk, The Musical?with Kidding Around, and was the Open Caption Coordinator for Emerson Stage's production of Mother Hicks. She is a?member of NYC’s Bluelaces Theater Company, devising and performing in multi-sensory, interactive experiences for those with developmental differences. She has worked with CoLAB theater group and Camp Rainbow, and has volunteered with Autism Friendly Spaces and the Theater Development Fund’s Autism Friendly performances on Broadway. Most recently, she interned with the Red Kite Project at Chicago Children’s Theater.?
If you have any questions about our TYA performances, please email emersonstageemerson [dot] edu (subject: Inquiry%20about%20TYA%20)