Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School students couldn’t travel to see a Syracuse Stage production, so the stage came to them, virtually.
Thanks to assistance from the Arts-in-Education program through the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation, APW Elementary students and staff members were able to view “Danny, King of the Basement” through a YouTube link. Syracuse Stage actors told the story of Danny Carter, a 10-year-old boy who became the king of moving in two years after his mother had faced many hardships. Despite struggles, students who viewed the performance learned that with a good attitude, people can overcome anything and still thrive through difficult situations.
To further help make that connection, Syracuse Stage provided a study guide which provided students and staff members with some optional activities to practice resiliency and coping skills, just as the main character, Danny, had.
Following a typical Syracuse Stage performance, APW students would typically ask actors in-person questions about the show. To keep that connection, the actors recorded a talk-back session to answer any student or staff questions.