Chase will be making his Variety Children’s Theatre (VCT) debut this year with our production of The Wizard of Oz. Not one to shy away from trying new things, he is excited about being in a play for the first time.
Katie, Chase’s mom, says that Chase loves to sing and dance. He’s also looking forward to spending more time with his friends that he made and applying the skills that he learned at our first Curtain Up Camp this spring. His favorite part of Curtain Up was performing on stage. “He liked when the audience laughed and clapped,” explains Katie. “He can’t wait to be on (the VCT) stage and be a star!”
Performing in a VCT production also gives Chase, who has epilepsy, the experience he needs to succeed. “Being proud of his success gives him self-esteem and self-confidence to tackle challenges on his own,” says Katie. “He can then focus on what he can do instead of all the things he can’t do.”
It’s difficult for Katie to balance Chase’s need for independence with her need to protect him from his seizures and their effects. Variety programs such as VCT and Adventure Camp, which Chase is also a part of, allow him to try things on his own.
“I have enjoyed seeing how proud and excited he is about the upcoming show,” adds Katie. “He tells everyone he sees to come see the performance in October.”
You heard Chase – this is a performance you won’t want to miss! Tickets are on sale now at www.touhill.org/events. Don’t forget that we’ve added an extra show - Opening Night is on Thursday this year!