HMS enjoys a fruitful relationship with the education outreach arm of Walnut Street Theatre (WST) in Center City Philadelphia. For many years WST’s teaching artists have visited HMS to perform. More recently HMS and WST staff developed a weekly, interactive theater-arts program that introduces students to the concepts of taking on theatric roles, developing simple dramatic plot lines and performing original works using costumes, props and communication devices.
Many students respond enthusiastically to this activity that encourages social interaction, promotes development of communication skills and provides students an important outlet for expressing feelings and for having fun. What began as an after-school pilot project for resident students has expanded into the day program, with all children now participating in some form of theater-arts programming.