Tuesday, April 21, 2009

At HALO (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization) Racine, Wisconsin

Many thanks to the HALO residents who participated in our programs this spring--your spirit has been an inspiration to us! We wish you all the best as you continue to develop your personal strengths and to grow in love and wisdom.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside students joined HALO residents for a final evening of performance on April 21, 2009.  Over a three-week period, participants gathered in a spirit of fellowship to share stories of hope and fear, and to create dramatic scenes based on those experiences.  The performance, staged for other HALO residents, provided the opportunity for reflection, dialogue, and empowerment, as audience members shared their own perspectives, and joined the actors on stage to demonstrate how they might approach similar challenges. This series of workshops was the second that the Parkside students have facilitated at HALO this spring, where they have spent a total of 8 weeks sharing their talents and developing their leadership skills.

MANY THANKS to Family and Children's Program Manager Stephanie Kober and Executive Director Cheryl Buckley for their hospitality and support.  We appreciate the opportunity to partner with HALO and hope to be back soon!  (See the link to the HALO web site above.)

THANKS ALSO to our friends at the Music Theatre Workshop in Chicago, especially Meade Palidofsky and Alyssa Sorresso.  Meade and Alyssa ran an extremely helpful workshop for us early in the semester at a critical stage in our planning process.  (See the link to the Music Theatre Workshop's web site above.)

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