The M-Uth THEATER of Millersville University is a new incarnation of a program that has been repeatedly honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and at the White House by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities as one of the finest arts-education programs in the nation and a shining example of the way that the arts can transform the lives of young people who are at-risk, disadvantaged, or living with sensory, physical, and/or intellectual and cognitive disabilities.
The ensemble includes members who are deaf, legally blind, on the autism spectrum, and facing serious medical conditions. Others have been victims of physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, have dealt with drug and alcohol issues, are serving juvenile probation, and face other life challenges. One is currently homeless. The youth are referred to us from a wide variety of social welfare agencies, the juvenile justice system, psychiatric institutions, rehabilitation centers, therapists and guidance counselors. Their resilience, compassion and commitment are amazing, and they work together beautifully to create and perform powerful and heartfelt dramatic work exploring important issues pertinent to their lives and that of their peers. That work is always made available to the public FREE OF CHARGE.
This summer’s production will take place this coming week at the Ware Center, with an open rehearsal on Wednesday morning and three performances to follow on Thursday and Friday. The play is described above and specific performance times noted. All performances are ASL interpreted, and the two evening performances will be followed by a talk-back with the creative team and representatives from the Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition.
We hope that you will consider coming to a performance and sharing word of this production with everyone you know – staff, clientele, students, family and friends! We’d love for our young M-Uth performers to have a big audience for their few performances. Theirs is a play that will shed light on the serious issue of teen suicide, an issue too often kept in the dark, while truly touching your heart. Just come on into the Ware Center; no tickets are necessary.
As noted there is no admission fee, but goodwill donations will gladly be accepted, all to support the work of the Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition.