Before the Parade Passes By

This will be a small class of less than 10 people, so register early to save your seat!

Date: August 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (second week of August)
Time: 11am-1pm each day

Cost: free to you! A big thank you to our generous funders at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with E.A. Michelson Philanthropy in addition to support from the Maryland State Arts Council.

A video introduction from the instructor is available on our YouTube Page:


Class Description:

Join teaching artist Karen Webber for a 5-day online journey that emboldens the senior adult to reclaim her/his speaking voice in a supportive, playful environment while exploring values such as resilience, self-care, self-acceptance, holding space for another, and moving from fear to hope on a journey of self-discovery. Vocal warmups focus on breathing, tone, pitch, and resonance. Theatre Games lead to surprising discoveries, building community and confidence.

“Before the Parade Passes By” from Hello Dolly is a song about positivity and action. It asks us if we are living life to the fullest. Learners will explore and analyze lyrics of four resilience-themed songs from the musical theatre. Each song about resilience will provide a springboard for group discussion and writing personal responses. Learners will write 4 separate response pieces, one for each song, and then develop one (or incorporate pieces of all 4) into a final presentation.

Using collaborative process, learners will comment on each other’s work using a system developed by dancer Liz Lerman that allows us to warmly give and receive feedback. Final performances will occur via Zoom on 8/12 with family and friends cordially invited and the option to record for future viewing.


Monday, Aug 8th, 2022 – Friday, Aug 12th, 2022 11:00 am - 1:00 pm



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