If you’re looking for a swashbuckling, toe-tapping good time, look no further than the upcoming Life Adult Day Academy (LADA) rendition of Discovering Treasure Island. Join us on Friday, May 3, at the Parkview Physicians Group ArtsLab at 1 p.m. for a stirring performance you won’t soon forget!

In fact, the audience provides a key component in the performance. No, you won’t have to don a costume or learn any lines. “These performances rely on an audience that is both engaged and supportive,” said Anna Ross, Audiences Unlimited executive director. “The audience provides an energy that feeds the performers and helps them bring their best selves to the show.”

Through this “follow-the-hat” performance, you’ll recognize the characters based on a specific hat. This format offers flexibility and allows all of our actors to play the parts that suit them best. “Our students look forward to this performance year-round,” said Gloria Minnich, director. “They remember it from year to year and can even tell you what role they played. They wear the t-shirts from each performance with pride. The memories they make during these performances are profound.”

In this way, the audience provides not just support and energy but also serves as a memory maker for adults with disabilities. “Performing in general is really exciting,” said Minnich, “and this one promises to be larger than life, complete with sea shanties that will get in your bones and have you tapping your toes in no time!”

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