FAMILY FRIDAY:  Connections Matter

By Kiersten Birondo, Director of Marketing & Communication


UPDATED 11:30 08/14/2020

Teens perform a Zoom version of Alice and Wonderland with "Family Friday" overlaid


Before COVID-19 became an everyday reference, connection was the #1 thing that we heard teens, children, and parents struggle with. That’s why we’re here. That’s why theatre is here. To create connection between us all.  It’s the secret sauce to wellness, brain development and even academic success for young people of all ages! These last 5 months, young people and SteppingStone have created innovative connections through art in virtual space.

Meet Jaeden, a young artist who recounts her experiences of connection while devising ‘Alice in Wonderland’, an original musical created entirely on Zoom by SteppingStone teens this summer.  “It’s way different than any Alice in Wonderland you’ve seen before,” Jaden says. “It’s based on the book but we changed it to be more modern and fit Zoom” she explains. Here’s our interview with Jaden:

"I think we're all craving connection right now...there's something really special about being in a room together, creating something but, after running with this program, I think the same can be said for our Zoom Room." Emily Villano, Alice in Wonderland Musical Director

The ways connection happens is different now but more important than ever. Encourage your young person to keep creating their art, whether it’s writing, singing, dancing, or creating one-of-a-kind characters.  Invite them to share their work with friends or family and work together to share with your networks across digital platforms! Despite the ever-present challenges of COVID-19, we will keep creating opportunities for connection for all young people — virtually and in-person.

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