Oct 12 2017
The 21st Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is just around the corner and kicks off this Monday October 16. As we continue our Baboró Ambassador series, we meet Tracy Bruen.
One of my favourite Baboró memories is... bringing one of my class groups to see Under A Different Light in 2011. I work with pupils with special educational needs and the annual trip to a Baboró show is now the cornerstone of the start of each new school year. 2011 was my first year teaching in a special school and I was nervous about bringing my group - how would they cope with the large crowds? What about the darkened theatre? Would it be too loud or too bright? Would they experience a sensory overload? Would they be able to sit for the duration of the show? If not, how difficult would it be for them to leave? Would their need to vocalise, distract the performers or the other audience members? I needn’t have worried - long before we ever took our seats in the theatre, all of my fears had been abated by the dedicated Baboró team, who, taking all of my questions into account, chose the perfect show, in the ideal location for us. As I have now come to expect, the team of volunteers on the day were superb, escorting our group to our specially designated seats, allowing us to settle before all the other classes came in. No need was left unattended nor question left unanswered. The pupils adored it. Together with the pupils from all the other schools, they laughed, clapped and shouted all sharing in the magic of the Baboró theatre experience.
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