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A Series of Fortunate Events: Theater Showcase

May 22, 2017

Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre

Arts Access presents “A Series of Fortunate Events”. Join us at RLT for the Theatre Showcase, one of the five talent showcases featuring artists with disabilities in film, music, theatre, literature, and visual art.

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The Theatre Showcase is a survey of theatrical performances featuring artists with disabilities who range in age and performance style. Comprised of four acts featuring a wide range of local talent.

Date: Monday May 22
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
House opens: 6:30pm
Where: Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre at Raleigh Little Theatre

More information on other showcases (film, music, literature and visual art) is available from the A Series of Fortunate Events web site.

About the actors

Al Riggs is a singer-songwriter in the Durham / Chapel Hill club and theater community who will be performing show tunes.

Doug Kapp was already active in Raleigh’s theatre community before he decided to earn a degree in theatre from UNCG in 2010. While Doug has always been legally blind his vision loss was only peripheral until he experienced a downturn with his sight in 2011. Doug’s limited sight made it hard to convince others to cast him for productions, even though he is an experienced and talented actor. Doug says it is all about finding the perfect part which he found in Raleigh Little Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in 2015.

Shane Dittmar is a 23-year-old music educator and composer of vocal music, including choral, art song, musical theatre, and commercial styles. A native of Raleigh, NC, he is currently studying Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His music is shaped by his unique view of the world; Shane is legally blind, and so he strives to create, in his musical endeavors, sincere expressions of landscapes, stories, and emotions you don’t need sight to experience. Shane has worked extensively in musical theatre, including as a composer and arranger for Raleigh Little Theatre’s annual production of “Cinderella”; as a composer for productions by Art Stream, a group devoted to making the theatrical process accessible for those with disabilities; and as the musical director for productions including “Pippin,” “Bat Boy,” and “Rent.”

Governor Morehead Theatre Group (GMTC) is comprised of students who attend the Governor Morehead School (GMS) in Raleigh. GMS was established in 1845 and is the flagship school in North Carolina that serves the special needs of blind and visually impaired students, in a unique residential setting. Earlier this year GMTC was started by a group of fifteen GMS students. The students came together to develop and showcase their acting skills and talents. The students recognize the importance of theater education and are reaping the benefits by building skills in leadership, communication, teamwork, responsibility, and creative problem-solving. The Series of Fortunate Events Theater Showcase is the group’s first public performance!

For more information, see the Theatre Showcase page on the Fortunate Events web site.

Accessibility Accomodations

All of Raleigh Little Theatre’s performance spaces are physically accessible. Restrooms that meet the 2010 ADA checklist for existing facilities are located in the lobby of the theater (note: the theater will close this summer for construction that will improve accessibility).

Greeters trained as sighted-guides will be available outside the theater to help patrons make their way into the facility.  Ushers also trained as sighted guides will help to guide patrons to their seats. Wheelchair accessible seats are available, please note your seating request when you purchase tickets. Service animals are welcome to this performance, please note this on your ticket form as well.

ASL interpretation, audio description, and other reasonable accommodations can be provided, with a nine-day advanced notice. Contact Betsy Ludwig: 919.833.9919 / betsy@artsaccessinc.org

Ticket Information

Tickets are $10 per person ahead of time and $15 at the door. All proceeds from ticket sales support the work of Arts Access.

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities.