People Like Vince
People Like Vince is a play for elementary students that seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health issues through the social and emotional learning core competencies.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
People Like Vince by C.E. Gatchalian was originally commissioned and produced by Green Thumb Theatre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Myrtle is adjusting to life at her new school with guidance from her Uncle Vince. But sometimes, Uncle Vince’s behavior confuses Myrtle and even causes kids at school to make fun of her. When Myrtle learns about her uncle’s mental health issues, she remembers how he encouraged her to make new friends and believe in herself. She realizes Uncle Vince is her hero.
This 45-minute program is immediately followed by an additional 25 minute follow-up workshop allowing students to explore empathy and the principles of social and emotional learning. Every student also receives a workbook with grade specific activities that build on themes from the play. All workbook activities are tied to Colorado Academic Standards.
Target audience: Grades 2-6
Minimum size: 100 students
Maximum size: 250 students
Preferred performance area: Gym
Duration: 45 minutes, plus 90 minutes for setup and 45 minutes for teardown
Cost: Free to schools within Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s service area
Mondays and Fridays through 2017.
Any school day from January 3 through March 16, 2018.
“There is a kid on my football team that has something similar to what the Uncle has… That play made me realize that we need to be more careful of how we treat him.”
– 5th grade student, Glacier Peak Elementary (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)
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