Artists Prepare for “Over the River” Series

WhyArts artists Stephanie Anderson, Kim Clark-Kaczmarek, Nils Haaland and Theresa Sindelar will take metro area special education students on a creative journey this winter and spring starting Saturday, Feb. 25.

“Over the River,” an interactive three-day workshop, is based on a script written by WhyArts artist Ellen Strueve. “We will use movement, song and story to create a learning environment filled with opportunities for creativity, laughter and friendship,” said WhyArts Director Carolyn Anderson.

The artists will use puppets and narrative to involve students in adventures, each connected by the message “I will find a way.” The narratives, which include classic fables like “The Sun and the Wind” and “The Hyena and the Alligator,” are built with songs that incorporate movement and simple instruments. The students will be building their own puppets as part of the experience.

Participating schools include Adams, Edison, Gateway, Jefferson, Prairie Wind and Wakonda elementary schools; Beverage Magnet, King Science/Tech Magnet and R M Marrs Magnet middle schools; and the Integrated Learning Program.

OVER the RIVER is made possible by a grant from the Kennedy Center to Circle Theatre. For more information, contact Anderson at