Learn and Engage
Part of HSRT’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for the youth in our community. We hope that by providing these experiences, participants will develop a lifelong love of theatre.
Registration for our theatre workshops will begin in January 2019. More information about specific workshops will be coming soon!
Previous workshops have included:
- Improv Camp – Learn elements of storytelling, teamwork and creative collaboration in this week-long introduction to Improv! Improv Camp will give students the tools and freedom to let their zaniest, silliest ideas become cooperative scenes and stories.
- Fractured Fairy Tales – Post-apocalyptic Rumpelstiltskin? Sure! The story of Cinderella told entirely by robots? Sounds great! This class is perfect for aspiring writers, actors, directors and artists alike. Students will be given a theme at the beginning of the week, and the opportunity to develop, write and perform their own original take on a time-honored story.
- A Hero's Journey: Raising Young Voices – Students will develop their own performances based on the lives and stories of traditional and non-traditional heroes. Through drama and writing exercises, our artists will encourage each individual student to lift their voice and tell their stories with boldness, bravery and kindness.
Social Stories & Sensory Tools
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre is committed to ensuring that each of our productions is accessible to all of our patrons.
Through consultation with the "live, work, play, worship" organization Benjamin’s Hope and a generous donation from Vera Bradley, HSRT has launched a sensory-friendly initiative to provide tools and materials to enhance the theatre experience for patrons with autism and other developmental disabilities.
- "Going to the Theatre" Social Story
The social story, “Going to the Theatre,” is a visual guide that walks audience members through every step of the process — from picking up a ticket to safely exiting the theatre.
- Performance Guides
Individual performance guides are available for each production, containing show-specific information, such as triggering moments like loud noises, audience interaction, startling special effects and anticipated applause.
Godspell - coming July 20!
- Sensory Bags
Sensory bags can be checked out at no cost from the Guild Store and are equipped with tools to help patrons with autism and other developmental disabilities adapt to and experience an immersive theatre experience. These bags contain noise dampening headphones, squeeze stress ball, fidget tool and weighted lap pad for audience members to use during performances.
DeWitt Student Cultural Center141 East 12th StreetHolland, MI 49423