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Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center hosts first inclusive camp

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Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center hosts first inclusive camp

Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center hosts first inclusive camp

Sunday marked an historic Tony Awards when Ali Stroker, the first wheelchair-bound actor to perform on a Broadway stage, also became the first wheelchair-bound actor to be nominated for and win musical theater's most prestigious award.

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Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center hosts first inclusive camp

SUNDAY NIGHT.ALI STROKER WAS THEFIRST ACTOR IN AWHEELCHAIR TO TAKEHOME BROADWAY'S MOSTCOVETED TROPHY.STROKER'S MESSAGE -- IFYOU LIVE WITHDISABILITIES -- YOU'RE NOTALONE.HERE AT HOME -- THEFIRST EVER INCLUSIVETHEATRE CAMP KICKED-OFF THIS WEEK.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER MCKENZIENELSON TAKES US TO THEJOHNSON COUNTY ARTSAND HERITAGE CENTER,WHERE KIDS ARE LIVINGOUT THEIR DREAMS OFBEING IN 'SHOWBUSINESS.'REBECCA MAY - AUBREY'SMOTHER"She loves to be just a regularkid."AUBREY IS JUST ANOTHERKID AT SUMMER CAMP.MAY"Aubrey is 13 years old, andshe has congenital musculardystrophy and she's used apower wheelchair for mobilitysince she was 2 years old."HER CHAIR CAN'T HOLDBACK HER EXCITEMENT --MAY"Aubrey loves to sing and actand she's just so happy to bepart of this camp and thisshow."AUBREY'S JUST ONE OF 16KIDS -- WITH A ROLE IN'STARLIGHT EXPRESS.'MICHAEL GRAYMAN -PARKHURST - ARTISTICDIRECTOR OF SPINNINGTREE THEATER"We're using scooters,heelies, roller skates, nothing,wheelchairs, anything thatkind of gets moving, so they'reall in this together and they'reall just doing it."SPINNING THREE THEATREIS HOSTING THE FIRSTINCLUSIVE CAMP --GRAYMAN - PARKHURST"I would love to see so manydifferent companies doing thisvery thing because it is trulythe most rewarding thingever."BEFORE -- IT WAS HARDFOR AUBREY TO FIND THERIGHT CAMP FOR HER.MAY"We find some camps that arestrictly for kids withdisabilities,and then there are thosecamps who don't really offeran experience for kids withdisabilities."VARIETY CHILDRENSCHARITY OF GREATERKANSAS CITY --PARTNERED WITH THETHEATRE TO GET ALL KIDSON STAGE.DEB WIEBRECHT - EX.

DIR.OF VARIETY CHILDREN'SCHAIRTY OF GREATER KC"I do think the arts is a littlebitbehind in inclusion, and to seehow easy it can be, by justincluding them, just trying, itreally is important for thefamilies to have your childbelong."AFTER A HISTORICAL TONYAWARDS --CAMP IS THE NEXT STEPFOR AUBREY -- ANDREMINDER FOR ALL KIDSTO NEVER DRAW THECURTAIN ON THEIRDREAMS.MAY"We've always tried to instillinher that you know, you canhave the same dreams thatanybody else has, you know,just because you have adisibility and use a wheelchair,doesn't mean that you can'tdream of being anything andeverything that you want to beand I think that was justreaffirming to her."IN JOHNSON COUNTY,MCKENZIE NELSON, 41ACTION NEWS.PERFORMANCES ARENEXT WEEK -YOU CAN FIND TICKETINFORMATION ON OURWEBSITE --K-S-H-B DOTCO




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