Crowdsourced Storytelling For The Modern Children’s Stage

As part of the One Million Dreamers program, BALANCE and BALANCE Films are making the Pacha’s Pajamas musical script available to community theaters and schools worldwide. Performing groups are encouraged to adapt the script for their community by incorporating content to their communities and to crowdsource their own Pacha Jamma festival, where performers — from their group, the community and/or audience speak — sing or dance from a Nature’s EyeTM perspective.  The script is available royalty free to qualified educational programs, theater companies and clubs through June 21, 2013.  The first performing group in each region will be highlighted. For more information, contact or visit the Pacha’s Pajamas Theater Program.

Destiny Arts Pilots Pacha’s Pajamas Stage Program in May 2012
As the pilot performance in this program, nationally acclaimed youth theatre and dance troupe, Destiny Arts Center, is performing the Pacha’s Pajamas musical for their 2012 season.  Destiny chose Pacha’s Pajamas because the story addresses social issues core to the daily experience of youth they serve.

Destiny Arts was organized to reduce the isolation, prejudice and violence that young people in the East Bay experience. Destiny offers skills training to youth, ages 3 to 18, through after-school, weekend and summer programs at local schools and community centers with its main center located in Oakland, California.  Since 1993, Destiny has performed for audiences of over 25,000 annually.

With programs primarily serving low income youth, Destiny Arts functions as a forum for the youth during critical time in which they are exposed to violence and destructive lifestyle choices.  Destiny provides meaningful experiences in performing martial arts as well as practical skill building for self-defense and violence prevention.  Youth are encouraged to express themselves by developing their talents in singing, dancing, theater, arts & crafts and outdoor play.  They also participate in community–building performances, where teens are given the opportunity to co-create original performance art pieces in collaboration with professional artists.  This helps increase self-esteem, feelings of safety and self-worth, thereby inspiring youth to participate and be more involved in their school and community.

For the Pacha’s Pajamas show, Destiny added a section on asthma, an illness which severely impacts youth in West Oakland and the United States in general.  In the original Pacha’s Pajamas script, Pacha has an asthma attack as she walks home from school.  Destiny moved the scene to her parents’ apartment and augmented it with an informational skit providing asthma facts (see below).

Destiny Arts & BALANCE present the Pacha’s Pajamas live Musical Theatre show. RVSP at Facebook Event.
La Peña Cultural Center (3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley)
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Flyer for the upcoming Destiny Shows

Destiny Arts & BALANCE present the Pacha’s Pajamas live Musical Theatre show. RVSP at Facebook Event.
Destiny Arts Center (1000 42nd Street, Oakland)
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Asthma Facts

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asthma is a serious public health problem.

  • Almost 7 million U.S. children have asthma
  • Asthma prevalence is higher among poor families.
  • African Americans have high rates of asthma emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths than the general populace.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

  • Asthma is one of the most common serious chronic diseases of childhood.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.
  • An average of one out of every 10 school-aged children has asthma.
  • 10.5 million school days are missed each year due to asthma.

The EPA also cites a number of environmental factors:

  • Indoor and outdoor environmental factors can trigger asthma attacks: dust mites, molds, cockroaches, pet dander, and secondhand smoke.
  • When ozone levels are high, more people have asthma attacks that require a doctor’s attention. Ozone also makes people more sensitive to asthma triggers such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and mold.

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