For this show, Civic Theatre had a strong partnership with Development Disabilities of Clark County, who provided rehearsal space and encouraged the children they serve to try out. We made a commitment to find a role for every young person who wanted to participate, so we ended up with a cast of more than 80 children, ages 4-13.
Some of the children had been in other shows, but many had never been in any kind of show. Others had never been in a full production with lights, sound, makeup, and costumes on a professional stage like that at the Legend Theater. Many of the students were typically developing, and others were not. With this wide disparity of ages, abilities, and experience, there was a huge opportunity to learn more than just stagecraft.