The School of the Performing Arts’ Outreach programs have provided arts education to more than 17,000 participants since its inception in 2007. By developing programs to meet the needs of specific audiences from children to seniors to those with special needs, Metropolis Outreach has been a valued asset for the organization and community.
To provide top-quality performing arts education experiences through in and out of school programming throughout the community that facilitates dialogue, connects communities, and presents opportunities for the arts to be a part of the everyday experience.
“Flourish in the Footlights” with Arlington Pediatric Therapy
Flourish gives young adults with special needs the opportunity to create their own adaptation of a story and create the script to be performed complete with lights, sound and costumes.
“Clearbrook on Cue” with Clearbrook
Designed for special needs adults, this program includes 8 weeks of acting technique followed by a performance on the Metropolis stage.
“Acting Through Life” with Arlington Heights Senior Center
Seniors learn acting skills through scene work and storytelling culminating in a Metropolis showcase.
“Acting Through Life” with Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA)
Provides special needs students age 9 and up basic acting and theater classes culminating in a showcase at Metropolis.
“Write to the Spotlight” with District 25/Arts Commission
Annual program integrating creative drama into language arts classrooms to get students interested and excited in writing. Students write stories then take a field trip to Metropolis to see their work come to life with professional actors performing their stories on stage.
Elmhurst Academy of Early Learning
Weekly classes that focus on creative movement concepts and dance foundations as students explore their kinesthetic tendencies and strengths which can add to the development of cognitive, logical, social, and emotional development.