FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – At Concordia College’s Theater B, actors and actresses took the stage to perform “Alice in Wonderland” as part of the Adaptive Theater Program with HOPE Inc. It was the opportunity to give people with disabilities to step into the spotlight and perform in front of an audience.
“So it’s inclusive for everyone, we have a wide range of ages and abilities, different levels of experience and that’s great.” said Scott Ecker, the show’s director.
The actress playing the lead role of Alice was Nora Abrams. Abrams has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects the nerves in her legs, knees and ankles. Despite these challenges, Abrams continues to compete in track and field and basketball as part of HOPE Inc. The young girl found that she got the lead role from her mother.
“Well, we got an email saying she got the part and I went to her room and showed her the message and she burst into tears.” said Sara Abrams, Nora’s mother.
HOPE Inc. provides opportunities for people with disabilities through sports and recreational activities. It varies from sledge hockey to stage play. The weekend production is a collaboration between the Concordia Theater Program and HOPE Inc.
“Oh boy, I sure hope it’s the first year and we’re going to be able to do this year on year and be able to plan for it to be part of our season.” said David Wintersteen, director of theater at Concordia College.
“First and foremost it’s a ton of fun, we’re having fun like I said. Also, I think it gives people opportunities to get out there and find out new things about themselves. said Kinley Snobeck, a freshman at Concordia College.
Their next performance is scheduled for 11 a.m. on February 26. More information about HOPE Inc can be found here.
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