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TheatreUNI and Sturgis Youth Theatre to present ‘Palette of Possibility’

Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2017
Contact: 

Eric Lange, artistic director, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6833, eric.lange@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – TheatreUNI will present “Palette of Possibility,” a unique touring theatre production created by UNI theatre professor Gretta Berghammer and designed specifically to meet the needs of youth on the autism spectrum and other developmental delays, their families and typical peers. Concepts such as pretend play, shadows, light, the rain cycle, water play, beneath the sea and wind are explored through a variety of actor-generated experiences for the audience that rely on playful, non-verbal and movement-based interactions between the audience and performers.

Performances are at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12 in the Bertha Martin Theatre. A tour will follow with planned performances in Hastings, Red Oak, Creston, Carroll and Fort Dodge. These communities identified as having a population of youth with autism and other developmental delays without easy access to programs and resources specific to the needs of that population and their typical peers and classmates. All tour performances will be free of charge and open to all youth and their families and will feature the hallmarks of best practices in production work designed to meet the needs of special learners including interaction, engagement, participation, non-restrictive seating, sensory friendly lighting and sound, multiple visual cues, low language and movement/gesture-based storytelling.

“Palette of Possibility” is the third offering of TheatreUNI’s 2016-2017 season.

Tickets are $5.50 for adults, $1 for youth 14 and under, and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director at the Strayer-Wood Theatre, at 319-273-6833 or eric.lange@uni.edu, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit www.uni.edu/theatre/swt.