Y Story: Setting the Stage for Everyone

By: Elizabeth Vastano | Monday, February 17, 2020 | Our Cause

The Vastano family - Elizabeth, Sean, and Sarah.

I wanted to thank Wayne YMCA staff for the incredible experience my family and I had in the Y’s intergenerational show, "Beauty and the Beast."

I was able to do this show with my daughter, Sarah, age 12, who has done a number of shows at the Y and with my son, Sean, age 8, in his first ever show. For me this was a first since high school. I can’t say enough about the whole theatrical experience. However, I wanted to specifically thank you for the fully inclusive community theater experience my children and I had. I am sure many parents and theater goers don’t even realize the incredible inclusive social emotional experience this was for their children.

As an Inclusion Specialist in a public school there were many positive interactions my children and I had during this experience - an experience you can’t make up or pay enough for. There were many times I had tears in my eyes witnessing the incredible interactions my children and others were having. While the Y is fostering a love for theater, they should be proud of the inclusive experiences they are providing for their community members. This show was extremely well done, actually it was fabulous! My friends and family who attended were in awe and many are huge Broadway fans. I made a point to tell them not only was the theater experience amazing, but the inclusiveness was extra special.

I will forever be grateful for the opportunities my children had to work with people with disabilities and I’m sure the friends and family of those with disabilities will be as well. Please continue to do what you do and foster this wonderful inclusive theater experience for our community. 


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