Happening nearby: Tickets now on sale for ‘Dementia-Inclusive Series’

Photo courtesy of Taproot Theatre
Photo courtesy of Taproot Theatre

Tickets are on sale Friday for Edmonds Center for the Arts’ (ECA) new program, the “Dementia-Inclusive Series”.

According to the ECA, this series has been developed collaboratively with the feedback and support of senior services organizations, eldercare and memory care professionals, and arts groups in the Puget Sound region.

The series opens in October with two components; a four-part improvisation workshop series, and a three-event film series that focuses on Hollywood’s classic musicals.

“Participation in the arts has been shown to reduce depression and a sense of isolation for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Music, in particular, “lights up the brain” – stimulating neural activity, triggering emotional responses and enhancing memory capacity where drugs and other pharmaceutical treatments have not succeeded,” according to Gilliam Jones, ECA Education and Outreach coordinator.

“Individuals with memory loss often face barriers to access within the traditional framework of arts performances and programs. With the Dementia-Inclusive Series, we aim to reach those in our community who aren’t currently able to participate in ECA programs,” Jones explains.

The ECA hopes to ultimately make ECA a space where people with memory loss feel welcome and valued; where their creative contributions are celebrated; and where quality time can be spent with their families and caregivers.

The mission of ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series is to create opportunities for individuals with memory loss, their family members and care partners to engage and experience joy through music, theatre and film.

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Musicals are Golden: A Celebration of Classic Film

Edmonds Center for the Arts
ECA Theatre
410 4th Ave. N.

There are three films in this component of the program, which begins on October 10th. Ticket prices are $10 per film for individual tickets; or $25 for the full series with $2 ticket opportunities for “Arts for Everyone”* participants.

These screenings are co-presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum https://www.nwfilmforum.org Elderwise https://www.elderwise.org , and Barclay Shelton Dance Center https://www.barclaysheltondance.com.

Each film event is designed to be “dementia-inclusive” with the consultation support of Elderwise. Audience members will be made aware that some patrons may talk or get up during the film – which is OK! Theatre house lights are left on low so the audience can see and move around if necessary.

Although films are designed for people affected by dementia, their care partners and family members are welcome to attend the screenings.

*Arts for Everyone tickets available to patrons qualifying for DSHS benefits. Contact Gillian Jones at 425-275-9483 or [email protected] for details.
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Series begins on
Saturday, October 10
10 a.m. to Noon

(Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1952, USA, 103 min)
It’s Hollywood, 1927, and the silent-film romantic team of Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) and Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) is the toast of Tinseltown. While Lockwood and Lamont personify smoldering passions onscreen, in real life he prefers the company of aspiring actress Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds). Filled with iconic moments and classic songs, “Singin’ In The Rain”, one of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever made.

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Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3 and 10
10:30 a.m.-noon

Re-Ignite the Mind with Improv and Play” Workshops

Location: ECA Stage

This 4-Tuesday workshop series uses improvisation and theatre games to tap into the creative abilities of individuals experiencing early stage memory loss (ESML) and their care partners. Improv participants engage fully in the present, making improvisation a perfect theatre class for students living with memory loss.

There is no memory requirement, just a delight of participating in an experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment.

The class, taught by theatre professionals from Taproot Theatre, promises 90 minutes where participants find success as they learn new things, interact socially and live creatively in the moment.

Registration is $10 per class, with free admission for care partners (1 partner max.) Capacity: 20 participants

To register for “Re-Ignite the Mind with Improvisation & Play,” please contact the ECA Box Office directly at 425-275-9595.
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Tickets for this series go on sale today at Noon Friday, August 28th https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=c83f57b6deaf6baf0e5b8a61396df551

*Arts for Everyone tickets available to patrons qualifying for DSHS benefits. Contact Gillian Jones at 425.275.9483 or [email protected] for details. Also contact Jones for more information about ECA’s Dementia-Inclusive Series.

— By Emily Hill


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