February 15, 2011

Benefit Concert Featuring Franc D'Ambrosio to Support New Vanderbilt Autism-Related Summer Theatre Program, Tuesday, March 8

The world’s longest running Phantom of the Opera, Franc D’Ambrosio, will headline an evening of exciting performances on Tuesday, March 8, to benefit SENSE Theatre – A Stage of Hope for Children With Autism. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for campers.

SENSE Theatre is a theatrical intervention program designed to improve the social and emotional functioning of children with autism. This innovative program pairs young actors without disabilities, who are experts in social communication and language, with children with autism who have challenges with basic social interactions.

SENSE Theatre is scheduled for two weeks, three hours per day, in June. It will be held in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and the University School of Nashville Theatre Guild students and Theatre Department.

Tickets for the March 8 benefit are $50. All proceeds will go to scholarships for campers.

In addition to D’Ambrosio, the evening will feature performances by:
• Michael Valcour—former SENSE Theater participant
• Tammy Vice—Nashville singer/songwriter and parent autism advocate
• The Least of Your Worries—Nashville Battle of the Band winning trio
• University School of Nashville Theatre Guild Members

"SENSE Theater is a rich opportunity to create a visionary and imaginative community-based intervention program," says Blythe Corbett, Ph.D., founder of SENSE Theatre and assistant professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. "Theater aids in enhancing communication and relating to one another. The theater can be transforming for many people, especially for children with autism."

When: Tuesday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music

Tickets may be purchased at: http://tinyurl.com/SENSEBenefit

Visit us online at www.sensetheater.com