Who are you? Where do you want to go? What do you love? What do you want? What is your story?
Throughout a structured 10-week rehearsal process, the A.B.L.E. ensemble, comprised of 19 young actors with Down syndrome, looked at the elements of storytelling – character, relationships, setting, objectives – and worked together to devise their own scenes around the central theme of identity. We split into two separate groups - The Lemons and The Limes - to work on these story elements and then broke into 4 smaller teams to create complete unique stories. We shared our creative process on the block - click here to read our posts. Our ensemble produced a truly one-of-a-kind show. They shared monologues in their own words about what matters to them (see videos below), performed an awesome mash-up musical number in the spirit of Glee!, and shared tales that ventured from home, to school, to the desert and beyond with characters ranging from the everyday Moms and Doctors to fantastical Wizards, Queens, and Werewolves.
Saturday December 12, 2015 at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre
The A.B.L.E. Ensemble
Kendra Van Kempen
Peter Van Kempen
* denotes first semester with ABLE
Lighting & Sound Technician
Eric Van Tassell
Behind the Scenes Gallery
The Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls
Andrew Heckman for filming our performance
Rags of Honor for printing our ensemble shirts
Jennice Countryman for creating our lobby bio boards
Hannah Vilic for assisting with front of house duties