SIOUX COUNTY — Orange City Arts and Sioux Center Arts are collaborating to bring Taproot Theatre’s bullying prevention plays to area schools in April.
The Gilchrist Foundation recently announced that Orange City Arts has been awarded a $10,600 project grant for the Taproot residency.
And MOCHA Kiwanis of Orange City announced a $1000 sponsorship to the Taproot performances and follow-up.
Taproot Theatre is a multi-faceted theatre company from Seattle, with connections to professors and students from both Northwestern and Dordt Colleges. Five actors will work in the Orange City/ Sioux Center area April 10 through 13, presenting the play, Camp Super Friend. Author of the play is Bethany Wallace of Sioux Center.
Orange City and Sioux Center Arts Directors, Lindsay Bauer and Bethany Wallace, agree that theatre, like storytelling, encourages children to see things from varying perspectives, and ultimately inspires empathy. “So much of the toxicity in this world comes from a collective draining of empathy,” said Lauren Gunderson in The Huffington Post. “We don’t understand each other, and we don’t want to. But theatre invites us — no, forces us — to empathize.”
The play is appropriate for children grades K-6, and will be performed at six schools — MOC-Floyd Valley/ Hospers, Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Sioux Center Christian, Sioux Center Kinsey, Rock Valley Elementary and at Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City for students from five area schools.
Performances for children, parents and the general public will be held April 10 at Northwestern College De Witt Theatre at 6:30pm, and April 13 at the Sioux Center Public Library at 1:00pm. These performances will be free.
Workshops will be held for theatre students at both Northwestern and Dordt Colleges. Follow-up materials will be provided by Compass Pointe and All Things New Therapy.
For more information, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.