AoS does much more than simply provide a theatrical experience for youth and young adults. AoS provides significant benefits, including increased social skills, self-confidence, language expression, movement, and theatrical musical ability. As for the community, AoS raises awareness of people with differing abilities while nurturing positive and constructive experiences through musical theater.
AoS integrates peer mentoring through our Buddy Coach program. Elementary to college age students volunteer for the program and provide leadership, friendship and coaching for our Angels. They serve as role models and are actively involved in the weekly operation of the program during the season—teaching dance steps, providing direction and offering assistance.
AoS has a strong belief in the importance of “setting the Angels up for success. ” While AoS uses theater as a medium for rich social interaction and personal development, the primary emphasis is not on artistic production itself, but rather on the process, growth and relationships that happen in the creation of theatre arts. . Every Angel is a star and every role, onstage or off, makes the AoS experience special. The culture and atmosphere that exists at AoS enables the Angels to be themselves, show their abilities and shine in a safe environment. We aim to enter the Angels’ world and work at their level so that they can achieve the highest level of success.
AoS recruits and hires talented and skilled professionals that have experience working in theatre arts or special education. More than 50% of our staff have dual backgrounds of both theatre and special education, which enables our staff to take a special approach in the way they serve the Angels, support the program and help produce an annual professional production while enriching and developing life skills and education.