Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Our community of Hope is very small and very isolated from other towns. People don't always have transportation/gas money to take advantage of theatrical shows being offered in larger communities. Also, we have high rates of low literacy in Hope, language barriers, and a community with high rates of unemployment.
The group I have started welcomes community members from childhood right up to senior citizens. The group is comprised of both individuals and families. For the individuals it gives them a sense of family and reduces isolation, for the families it brings them together with a sense of participation and accomplishment. Theatre has no barriers, as the magic of creating rises above language, culture, age or race...it has a language all it's own.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Theatre helps communities come together for a specific cause. Businesses help with the advertising, artisans help with the sets, community support is vital to the final show. Through participating in a show, literacy levels are raised, creativity is challenged, community members bond and support each other, people of different ages, education levels, cultures, and financial differences are brought together on a level playing field. The theatre has always been used to inform the masses about current events, social issues and current modes of thought. It is an instructional tool used to help people think in a broader way and to understand from a different perspective than their own. My solution is to have more and more people in this small town become involved in the theatre, to begin to write plays of their own (I have written and directed the last 3 shows we have done) and to increase the skill level and self esteem of all involved through workshops, classes and performances.