Rose Mackey wrote -
Island Time Activities is about to perform their largest Art and Drama club venture yet!
Please show your support for Island Time Activities (ITA) by helping ITA recoup costs for this play and make future accessible plays and art projects possible!
This coming Saturday, April 16th, at 7pm, Island Time Activities members will premiere their production of “Alien Blossoms of Horror” to the world on the stage at Hyla Middle School on Bainbridge Island. This original re-telling of a popular musical will feature a script, set, songs, and costumes designed brought to life by the ITA's Art and Drama Club members in collaboration with local artists who have volunteered their time and imagination to join the production.
Through the public performance of this musical, ITA members are gaining experience in cooperation, writing, collaborative creation, memorization, public speaking, construction, budgeting, community outreach, and – very importantly – learning how to adapt to and overcome challenges in achieving their goals.
Island Time Activities' mission is to empower people with intellectual disabilities to lead lives of meaning and self-determination. ITA is a nonprofit based on Bainbridge island, serving North Kitsap residents with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, Angelman syndrome, and Autism. ITA’s daily programming is delivered in a social club setting, where members pursue their own life goals, build and maintain friendships, and participate in community life.
The “Alien Blossoms of Horror” project is more than just a fabulous theater production. In a series of workshops, ITA members (all of whom have intellectual disabilities) worked with island native Rose Mackey to write the script, crafting characters and themes to reflect their own interests, talents, and capabilities. They are passionate about the full participation of every Drama Club member in the production, including those actors who communicate without speech and those whose mobility and motor skills benefit from assistance. ITA members have brought this commitment to life through their innate creativity and compassion, designing ways for every single Drama Club member to participate. They are sharing lines, incorporating pre-recorded speech, and crafting costumes, sets, and props to work for everyone.
With artistic direction from ITA artist M’Rissa Curran, ITA members and volunteers are right now designing and building sets that will burst with M’Rissa’s iconic tissue paper “Fritter” (friendly critters) flowers and many other homegrown touches. To transform their ideas into reality, ITA members identified local businesses where they and their families shop, and on a grey afternoon several members (including those who generally are reluctant to speak in public) described this special project in person to several merchants. Their efforts were rewarded when the business owners responded with both encouragement and contributions, which will be used to build ITA’s whimsical Winslow set.
On April 16, ITA members look forward to sharing and celebrating their love of art, humor, and theater with their public performance. ITA members will sing, act, and do tech, with assistance from generous community volunteers. They hope to demonstrate, for themselves and for the entire community, the beauty of collaboration and what can happen when people come together to include everyone in our local cultural life.
Contribution is any amount, are greatly apperciated, needed and make a difference!
$5 - buys more art supplies (like the tape and tissue paper for M'Rissa's Fritter creations)
$10 - pays for a meal at a monthly Saturday Supper gathering
$30 - covers printing costs for the posters from this play
$100 - helps make it possible for a new member to attend through the scholarship fund