Musical Performance: The Little Mermaid - Aimed at Adults with IDDs

Do you love musicals based on a wonderful animated movie? Come aboard as we venture to a magnificent underwater world filled with strict family members, a curious daughter, a singing crab, an evil sea serpent and a brave sailor in The Little Mermaid.

In this class, you will learn how to enjoy seeing a musical performed on stage. Discover what goes into making a musical production based on an animated movie – everything from musical composition, acting, singing, dancing, set design, choreography, costumes, plot and history. You will also explore how to be a great audience member by practicing with your classmates. We will study underwater sea life, Greek mythology and the history of the mysterious mermaids.

For the special class finale, we will attend a free performance of The Little Mermaid at Zilker Hillside Theatre!

Please note: Bring a $25 fee to the first class which will be paid to the instructor to cover the cost of guest artists, food and materials.

For each class, students with IDDs may be dropped off at the UT Littlefield Café to socialize for 30 minutes with each other and the screened volunteer students from UT.  Students will then participate in an interactive discussion about the topic for the day in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) building across from the café. Here they can follow along with handouts of class slides and bring in their homework to discuss with their peers. Lastly, students will complete simple but fun projects. Families can pick up their student by the café at the end of each class. Occasional student absences are acceptable due to vacations and illnesses.

Our instructors have extensive experience working with adults with IDDs. They share a clear passion and commitment towards opening opportunities for adults with IDD in education and employment. Our volunteers are drawn from a competitive list of undergraduate and graduate UT students who are on education, medical, or research-track careers. They are eager to befriend adults with IDDs in this social and educational setting.


Joshua Levy

Joshua Levy is the Founder and Executive Director for Joshua’s Stage, the premiere performance center for children ages 3 to 18 with a wide range of special needs; featuring classes, performances, and exhibits in theatre arts, dance, digital photography, and filmmaking.

This class requires all participants to complete and sign a university Release and Indemnification Agreement before being considered enrolled in the class. Bring the completed form to the first class meeting and turn in to your instructor.

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