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Community Connections Coordinator
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CLIMB Theatre Presents “Grandpa and Lucy: A Story About Love and Dementia”
Southwest Wisconsin (October 14, 2022) – – In partnership with the ADRC of Southwest Wisconsin, CLIMB Theatre presents their Alzheimer’s Awareness play, “Grandpa and Lucy,” live across Grant, Green, Iowa, and Lafayette counties. They will perform at the Lafayette County Multipurpose Building on Tuesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m., the Mineral Point Opera House on Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m., Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Room 430 on Wednesday, November 2 at 5:30 p.m. and the Government Services Building in Monroe County on Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m.
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and CLIMB is helping spread awareness with their play, “Grandpa and Lucy,” based on the children’s book by Edie Weinstein. Starting as a Girl Scout Silver Award project, Edie wrote the book as a ninth grader. CLIMB Artistic Director Anton Jones then adapted the book into CLIMB’s play version, which first toured in 2019. This play aims to help kids and parents strengthen their intergenerational relationships with older relatives who may be struggling with Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia.
“I hope people see the ways in which a young person can be educated and comforted in the face of a grandparent moving into a form of dementia,” said Buffy Sedlachek, director of Grandpa and Lucy. “What we really want to do is be in the moment, whatever the moment is with the person who is losing their memory.”
These events are free and open to the public and is great for an intergenerational audience, ages 5 and up. To register in advance and learn more about the show, visit https://tinyurl.com/grandpaandlucytour. Registration is not required. There will be a talkback following the event.
Through the ADRC, everyone in Grant, Green, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties also has free access to CLIMB’s online platform of additional resources, including an animated version of the play, fun activities, and supplemental curriculum. To sign up or log into an existing account, visit this link: https://climb-theatre.mykajabi.com/intergenerational-digital-wi
CLIMB Theatre is a youth-centered organization that uses theatre to teach social-emotional learning in a way that is intentionally intersectional. Based out of Inver Grove Heights, MN, the touring company brings programming to schools, libraries, and beyond across the Midwest. Their mission is to inspire and propel people towards acts that benefit themselves, others, and their community. Grandpa and Lucy is a part of their efforts to forge intergenerational connections and support young people within the community.
Friday, October 28 | 6:30 p.m.
Location to be announced
Saturday, October 29 | 2:00 p.m.
Location to be Announced
Tuesday, November 1 | 9:30 a.m.
Lafayette County Multipurpose Building
11974 Ames Road
Darlington, WI 53530
Tuesday, November 1 | 5:30 p.m.
Mineral Point Opera House
139 High St.
Mineral Point, WI 53565
Wednesday, November 2 | 5:30 p.m.
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Room 430
1800 Bronson Blvd.
Fennimore, WI 53809
Thursday, November 3 | 10:00 a.m.
Crown of Life Christian Academy
535 Berea Drive
Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538
Thursday, November 3 | 5:30 p.m.
Government Services Building
N3152 State Highway 81
Monroe, WI 53566
Saturday, November 5 | 9:00 a.m.
Hortonville Public Library
531 N Nash St
Hortonville, WI 54944
Saturday, November 5 | 1:30 p.m.
240 E Wisconsin Ave.
Neenah, WI 54956
Tuesday, November 8 | 2:00 p.m.
Wellhaven Senior Living
119 Union St
River Falls, WI 54022
Wednesday, November 9 | 6:30 p.m.
United Methodist Church
1401 Laurel Ave.
Hudson, WI 54016
Saturday, November 12 | 1:00 p.m.
Holmen Community Center
600 N Holmen Dr Suite 200
Holmen, WI 54636
Monday, November 14 | 1:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s School
325 Mansion St.
Mauston, WI 53948
Monday, November 14 | Time to be announced
Tuesday, November 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Lone Rock Community Center
234 N Broadway St.
Lone Rock, WI 53556
Wednesday, November 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church
1810 Kellogg Ave.
Janesville, WI 53546
Thursday, November 17 | 3:30 p.m.
Grand Avenue Elementary
225 Grand Ave.
Prairie Du Sac, WI 53578
Friday, November 18 | 4:00 p.m.
Prairie du Chien Library
125 S Wacouta Ave.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821