Tin Can Theatre Slide

Tin Can Theatre is a joint program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau and Civic Ensemble. For the past forty plus years Tin Can has been a mainstay of the summer camp experience for our area youth. In 2015, Civic Ensemble joined the Tin Can family by creating Owen’s Story which toured summer camps in July and August of 2015. In 2016 Power to Help, Power to Hurt  was created for Tin Can. Check back here for information about future shows!

Power to Help, Power to Hurt

Power to Help, Power to Hurt is about a group of young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds who live in the same neighborhood. They come together to put on a play representing their neighborhood for a play competition at a local community festival. When disagreements arise, the children struggle to get along and each experiences being bullied, acting out with bullying behavior, and being a bystander. We’re all human; we all have the power to help or hurt. Young audiences for Tin Can this year will have the opportunity to discover for themselves their own power and how they might use it to both realize their own dreams and help or hurt others in achieving theirs. Power to Help… is an interactive, thought-provoking, and ultimately uplifting journey that asks participants to imagine a world where all people can be bound together in the human family with mutual respect and community support.

Rules of the Game

The Rules of the Game is a play about two 3rd graders, Owen and Susan, who are both new at their school and nervous for the first day. Owen has cerebral palsy and is worried about making new friends. The actors will move in and out of their roles and engage with the students by asking questions about what’s going in the play, inviting them to take part in the action of the play, and even helping Susan make her big decision at the end. Students will have the opportunity to think critically, offer advice, and share what they know. Rules of the Game asks participants to grapple with how to include people with disabilities, and how their decisions affect other people. In the end the play offers participants the opportunity to examine what true friendship is.