Opportunity Center and Heidelberg stage a musical

For many from the Opportunity Center, this is their first chance to learn choreography and show off their skills on stage.

TIFFIN, Ohio — For those who love the stage, there’s nothing quite like putting on a show in front of a live crowd.

This weekend there is a one-of-a-kind performance for a group of individuals in Tiffin who have never been so lucky.

Throughout the semester, theater students from University of Heidelberg visited the Seneca County Opportunity Center. They have worked with clients who have special needs to stage the musical “A Year with Frog and Toad”.

“(It’s important) to talk about someone else and give them the opportunity to be the star of the show in a place where they are the feature,” said Steven Cotter, assistant professor of theater at the University of Heidelberg.

For many from the Opportunity Center, this is their first chance to not only show off their skills on stage, but also to learn how to work with people who are new to their lives.

“Having the opportunity to be in a play is something that I never thought I would be able to see my son do. So this opportunity is huge for our family, to be able to see my son participate in something that a lot of people manage to do it normally, Seneca County Opportunity Board Chair Erin Simmons said.

For these theater students, they take away a better appreciation of how the arts can truly be for everyone.

“Theatre can kind of be a universal voice for everything, and letting them be exposed to it has been very eye-opening for us and for them, knowing that it can kind of cross different barriers,” said Gavin Buurma, a student in Heidelberg Musical Theatre. .

Cotter said her goal is to spread the joy of art to everyone.

“It has always been my mission as a theater artist, to build community. So partnering with the Opportunity Center has been a great opportunity for our students to get out of the classroom, to work with people that they don’t normally get to meet, build relationships, build relationships in Tiffin and have the whole community celebrate the art, which is great,” he said.

The Seneca County Opportunity Center’s “A Year with Frog and Toad” performance runs Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. You can attend it at the Gundlach Theater of the University of Heidelberg.


Corina C. Butler