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Inspiring America

Why We Value the American Alliance for Theater and Education The American Alliance for Theater and Education, or AATE, is one of the most well-known nonprofit organizations for arts education and works hard to make sure that every young person experiences theater arts guided by talented artists and educators. Serving more than a million students…

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Then and Now: Treating People with Disabilities

How the Past Perception toward Disability Is Vastly Different Today   The medical world has certainly come a long way, what with great advances in science and technology making our lives easier. This comes to many as a relief, knowing that the tasks that they have struggled in before will be a thing of the…

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Against All Odds

How People with Disabilities Thrive in the Arts It is a common and terribly judgmental assumption that people with disabilities cannot participate in normal everyday life. Being disabled doesn’t mean not being able to do things; it just means that disabled people can’t do some things, which is quite all right, especially in the arts.…

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Losing Luster in Your Golden Years: Retirement Issues

A List of Common Retirement Problems Here are just some issues that retirees face during their golden years.   Ever Rising Health Costs Most retirees are baby boomers, and although those who earned better before retirement are doing all right, the rest face higher lifetime health costs as they continue to live longer. It’s harder…

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Stigma on People with Disabilities

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The Repercussion of Negative Perceptions toward People with Disabilities Society, although becoming more considerate, are still showing signs of negativity—sometimes even antagonism—toward people with disabilities. Sadly these negative perceptions are not only inherent in the present society but in past societies as well, even ancient ones like the Greeks. Biased opinions against people with disabilities…

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Exploitation Disguised as Normalcy

What You Need to Know about Normalcy   There are standards set in every society. The setting of standards gave birth to what we call normal. Normalcy then creates a barrier we call labels, and those who belong to the other side of the fence are most of the time considered different. And once you’re…

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Places for Recreation

Best Spots for Recreation and Relaxation   Sometimes, you need to give yourself a break from all the hustle-bustle of your life. For those of you who are suffering from an illness, you need to take a breather once in a while to take your mind off your condition. Fortunately, there are places you can…

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A Broadway Musical Spotlight: An American in Paris

How an Academy Award–winning musical film became a Tony Award–winning musical play. There is a line in the trailer that goes, “Paris is a mood, a longing you didn’t know you had until it was answered. The French will have a word for it—c’est magnifique.” Inspired from a jazz-influenced symphonic poem by George Gershwin in…

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The West Side Story on Broadway

The Broadway Classic that Captivated the World Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair New York where we lay our scene—the scene of the hit Broadway musical that many have come to love, the West Side Story. Arguably the greatest musical of all time, it is still incredibly relevant until today—and was billed to…

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The Phantom of the Opera

A Haunting Musical Enthralling for Three Decades The world has celebrated theater for centuries, the art already well-loved since sixth century BC. Thespis, the first Greek actor, was the first to win a theatrical award. Plays grew more and more in popularity as thousands of decades have passed, with praiseworthy titles that include Euripides’s The…

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by Rosalie H. Contino, PhD