By Kendall Buzzelli
Temple, ĭmáGen’s staged concert reading based on the impressive life of Temple Grandin — one of the world’s first individuals on the autism spectrum to speak openly about her experiences with autism, and who became a famous animal scientist and author as well. ĭmáGen is a unique educational collaboration between MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center and MSU’s Department of Theatre in the College of Arts and Letters. Temple brings together middle school, high school and MSU Department of Theatre’s musical theatre and dance students with Broadway actors to tell Grandin’s story on the Pasant Theatre stage.
Temple, opening this Friday, October 21, is a new work with lyrics and script by Silvia Peto, music by Norman Durkee and well-known classical music conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos. Peto and Kitsopoulos are heavily involved in the workshop process of Temple and add new scenes and songs daily, making for a challenging but invigorating rehearsal process. Take an inside look at how the cast has been rehearsing this work-in-progress with these exclusive photos.
The run of performances also includes a special Sensory-Friendly Performance to help engage those on the autism spectrum and anyone with sensory sensitivity. This performance offers all the chance to experience the subject and enjoy theatre in a supportive environment. Temple encompasses so much more than just a story — it speaks to anyone who has ever been isolated from a part of the world and sought to overcome those obstacles. For more on Temple and the Sensory-Friendly Performance, click here.
ĭmáGen, a partnership with Wharton Center and the MSU Department of Theatre brings Temple to Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre October 21 through October 22 with a special Sensory-Friendly Performance at 2pm on October 22. Student tickets are only $10 and tickets for the general public are just $15. Tickets are available at whartoncenter.com or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.