Monday, April 6, 2015

Apple Tree showcase

A fundraiser for special needs students


Apple Tree Productions in Olympia is hosting a concert featuring Caspar Babypants in April as a fundraiser for the company's Special Needs Acting Showcase.

Apple Tree Productions invites students of every need and ability to a free summer performing arts program, taught by Heidi Fredericks. Students learn about acting, singing and movement through group activities, games and exercises designed for special needs students. Suitable for all ages and ability levels.  There will be one final performance for family and friends. Students do not need to have prior experience.  Several experienced teachers and volunteers will be on hand to help Heidi guide students through fun acting and singing lessons.

Heidi is public school teacher and is the proud mother of a 6-year-old autistic son, but has no other formal training in working with special needs students. This program is not intended to take the place of therapy. She has taught drama for almost 20 years, and has found through working with her son that singing and acting games excite his imagination, maintain his focus, and ease their connection to one another. She has taught a free special needs acting class for three years, and understands the need for a free class instead of further additional expenses.

April 11 at 2:30 p.m., Tumwater High School Performing Arts Center

For more information and to request an enrollment form, contact Apple Tree Productions  at

For more information on Apple Tree Productions see my article in Thurston Talk.

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