In 2008, Sandy Izzo took a new position in our Day Services Department after working many years in our Residential Program. During her interview Sandy presented the idea of beginning a drama program. A group of just 10 people started rehearsing in 2009. They became the Creative Expressions Players and began meeting at a variety of places including the Ballston Area Community Center and several of our sites. Over time the group has grown to 40+ people from many of our day programs with the assistance of numerous dedicated staff members. Fortunately, the Abundant Life Church graciously allowed us to meet in their Fellowship Hall. Since then, we practice weekly for 8 months of the year and consequently, our Creative Expressions Players have developed great relationships with members of the church.
The mission of Creative Expressions Players is to expand the participants’ knowledge of the arts and to create opportunities for them to gain confidence to perform on a stage. The goal is to encourage and develop skills such as cooperation, listening, following directions, projecting their voice, learning choreography and, most recently, memorizing lines. The actors self-esteem grows with each rehearsal as many were originally intimidated and uncomfortable to even speak in front of their peers. As a result, the group is enjoying the theatrical process and delights in the applause they receive!
The Creative Expressions Players’ Variety Shows have enchanted audiences as the cast is extremely entertaining. Thus far, they have performed numerous shows including —
- Our Favorite Things
- Bridges to Broadway
- Entertainment Through the Years
- More of our Favorite Things
- Search for Jesse
- Let’s Go to the Movies
The pictures below are from our performance of “Let’s Go to the Movies” in May of 2017. To learn more, please contact Sandy Izzo, Program Coordinator II, at email@example.com or 518-602-0042 ext. 301.