During rehearsals, actors may offer input about how to do a scene. But at ArtStream, Inc., they actually help write as well as perform.
They vote on a theme, create original characters, and improvise scenes, which staff then script into original, one-act musicals.
After the script is in place, the production proceeds like any other – with the help of a professional music director and choreographer, said Heller An Shapiro, executive director.
ArtStream productions present a double-bill of two musicals, each about an hour long.
Actors with disabilities, volunteer mentors, and theater professionals work as a team, producing six inclusive musicals in the region, in addition to classes in acting and social skills.