The circus came to town and set up shop at Omaha’s Scottish Rite Masonic Center for a one-night-only performance. “Camp Munroe’s Greatest Show” was held Aug. 9, capping off a three-day theater camp hosted by the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Recreational Therapy Department and WhyArts.
WhyArts artists Stephanie Anderson, Josh Mullady and Courtney Stein turned the campers – all children and young adults with developmental disabilities – into circus performers with the help of puppets, storytelling, dance and movement, music and melodrama. WhyArts artist Paula Wallace transformed the Scottish Rite stage into a Barnum & Bailey-like production, logging more than 40 hours to prep, paint and hang the colorful sets. She also helped campers create their own miniature wire sculptures, which they took home as a reminder of the experience.
Lucas Perez-Leahy, a WhyArts volunteer and graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, directed the production. Take a look below!