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A STAGE FOR ALL
cessible to a wheelchair, and the
dressing rooms are kind of accessible
to a wheelchair, but it would've
been too difficult with the number
of people in [the] cast for me to get
in and out of the dressing room
and then come all the way around
to the elevator and get down, " she
explains. " So, we built a little dressing
room for me backstage, because
that was just easier. Figuring out
little workarounds for that was
challenging but rewarding. "
The trickiest adjustment was the
set, Kohler says, including " figuring
out how to make sure there was
enough space to get my wheelchair
The integration of inclusion into
the theater's policies and practices
has extended to the larger park and
recreation department and beyond.
through in a way that wouldn't
cause a traffic jam. The set designer
and the builders kept having to
trim a little bit more away from this
staircase, and they did that three or
four times until we got to a point
where the wheelchair could definitely
get through. "
By taking the time to assess the
barriers and employ creative solutions,
the team exemplified how a
little bit of effort can make a big
difference in a person's experience
- and potentially the difference in
whether they are able to take part
at all.
Even after making the adjustments
required to make the space
wheelchair
accessible,
when
Kohler's injuries had nearly healed,
questions arose about the authenticity
of her continuing to act in the
wheelchair.
Mason says, " By the time we
opened, [Kohler] was getting close
to being able to walk around. And
I remember her saying she was very
opposed to the idea that you would
put somebody in a wheelchair
who does not need a wheelchair
just to have a wheelchair on stage.
And here she was, now potentially
with a cane she could have made
it around. And we all talked about
it and thought, 'No,
it's fair. All
this rehearsal you had to have the
wheelchair. It's what you're used
to. It's what we're used to. It is not
unreasonable to stay in that wheelchair
for the run of the show.' "
One important aspect of this decision
was that it was made as a
community, ensuring the sentiment
was supported amongst the group.
" When something comes up, anybody
who has an ear and is nearby
is taking part, whether they're just
listening or they're offering ideas, "
says Mason.
Ultimately, the decision to in38
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clude the wheelchair had a lasting
impact that extended beyond just
the cast and crew. " By being in the
play in her wheelchair, she showed
audiences that a wheelchair does
not limit you, and showed our theater
things about the structure that
needed to be adjusted so that we
could be more welcoming in the
future to people who might otherwise
not bother to imagine that
they could be part of something, "
says Mason.
Weathering the
Storm Together
Just as Prospero used his powers to
conjure a storm that sent the ship
off its course, an ice storm offset
the charted path of this crew's rehearsals,
causing the final week
of run-throughs to be canceled. " I
have acted for most of my life and
I have never been in a production
where we just didn't have dress rehearsals.
And it was pretty intimidating! "
says Kohler. " But because
the cast had really gelled and was
really happy to support one another,
everyone backstage was very encouraging. "
Birdwell
recalls, " I remember
running into one of the actors on
[the] Friday before they had to go
on with not having had a single
dress rehearsal and I'm like, 'How
are you? Are you guys going to be
okay?' And she [says], 'This show
was ready two weeks ago. It's like a
family. We trust each other, and it's
going to go fine.' "
Curtain Call
The efforts that staff at the Majestic
Theater have made to integrate
inclusion into their
policies and
practices have been a catalyst for
inclusive practices in other facets
of the park and recreation department
and beyond.
PHOTO BY SABRINA DEDEK/COURTESY OF CITY OF CORVALLIS (OREGON) PARKS AND RECREATION

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