CARMEL, Ind. (March 17, 2016) -- March is Disabilities Awareness Month, and Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation wants people to know what they have to offer to all of central Indiana.
This weekend, they have something special too for the community. A group called the Roundabout Playback Troupe is one of a kind. It's an improvisation group that has a mix of people with and without disabilities. They perform playback theater, which is where the audience tells personal stories and then they watch them played back on the spot.
"So to our knowledge it is the only inclusive playback troupe in the United States. The other one is in Hong Kong," explained Michelle Yadon. Yadon is in charge of inclusion programs at Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation.
"We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to have leisure and recreation," said Yadon. "Say a child wants to take a class in the youth program, but needed some kind of modification. I would meet with them, their parents to make sure they have everything they need."
Yadon says families come from all over central Indiana. They keep costs low and many services are even free with about 3,000-4,000 benefiting from their programs. It’s about including all, despite differences, and like the Roundabout Playback Troupe they help to connect the community. "As we were doing the playback everyone was connecting with each other and crying and really having that moment," said Yadon.
You can see the Roundabout Playback Troupe for yourself this Friday and Saturday in Carmel at the Monon Community Center. Show times for both days are 6 p.m. and admission is $5. Saturday they will have an American Sign Language interpreter for the program.