Children’s Theatre puts on performance for special needs kids

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jan 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-01 00:51:59-05

SANDY, Utah - The Children's Theatre of Utah in Sandy put on a special performance for children with disabilities on Thursday.

The kids, all from Functional Skills Classrooms in the Salt Lake City School District, got a chance to see a performance of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," a play about a boy trying to find out where he belongs in a story about respecting others and learning from mistakes.

"Theater has such a wide range of what it can target. The fact that we have a show that we know they are going to love and really enjoy. It's kind of an exciting day for us," said actor Craig Williams.

The performance was put on for actress Jana Lynne Cox whose twin sister was held back because of a mental and physical disability.

"I know my sister didn't want to be considered different. She wanted to be as normal as possible," Cox said. "So I do think it creates that normalcy saying, 'I get to go to a play just like my older sister,' or, 'I get to do something normal.'"

The actors say they didn't change anything about their performance, but because of the audience, they say this one seemed more memorable.