“They interact with the students by teaching them dance steps, involving them in part of the storyline, conducting a singalong and much more.”
Interaction is key
Lyric's arts outreach program, underwritten by Devon Energy Corp., is a unique touring performance program featuring an original script with select traditional songs that are appropriate for the subject of the production and are recognizable to students. Actors entertain and educate students about historical facts and figures that surround a historical event or period.
It is this type of interaction that Manley says is beneficial to children such at Jeremiah.
“It's lovely having guest performers entertain our patients,” Manley said. “The children enjoy having visitors, especially those in character, singing, dancing and making them smile.”
The Children's Center is a nonprofit pediatric hospital dedicated to helping children with complex medical and physical disabilities maximize their potential.
Melissa Richey is communications and media coordinator for The Children's Center.