“Any Dream Will Do” Special Needs Performing Arts presents You Can’t Stop the Beat: Broadway in 3 Acts

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ALPHARETTA, GA - April 18, 2019 - 20 teens with various neurologic, developmental, and learning differences will be presenting a staged performance of 3 musical theatre vignettes on Friday, April 26that 7:00PM, at the Alpharetta High School Auditorium in Alpharetta, Georgia. The performance is free and open to the public and press. The show will feature singing, dancing, and acting in both solo and group performances through highlights of three classic musicals: West Side Story, Pippin and Hairspray

The Any Dream Will Do Special Needs Performing Arts Group meets weekly throughout the school year in Roswell, GA. The group includes teens from Fulton, Forsyth, and Cherokee Counties and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for these adolescents, who share a common love of music, dancing and theatre. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for performer’s families to celebrate their children’s access to the performing arts. “Any Dream Will Do” is directed by Jamie George, MM, LPMT, MT-BC with the assistance of nine other licensed and board-certified music therapists and community volunteers.

“It has always been a dream of mine to bring together the two of my passions, musical theatre and music therapy. This program is an incredible way to create community and facilitate individual growth by teaching our participants about music, movement, and acting through social games and interactions, improvisation, and the expressive arts. I could not be prouder of their accomplishments,” says Jamie George, Founder and Director of The George Center.

“Any Dream Will Do” is celebrating its 7th annual performance and is sponsored by The George Center Foundation and The Fulton County School Music Therapy Department.

 

About The George Center

From one-on-one therapy to full service music therapy programs for healthcare and educational facilities, The George Center has got Atlanta covered. With 3 convenient locations in Roswell, Cumming, and Norcross we are relentlessly, tenaciously, and passionately pursuing our mission to improve access to music therapy right here in Atlanta. Music therapists use music-based interventions to address individualized goals for their clients.  The George Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that provides scholarships to families, organizations, and programs who are not able to pay for music therapy services for those in need. 

 

About the Fulton County School Music Therapy Department

In 1991, the Fulton County School System created its music therapy program with a single music therapist. Now, Fulton County has fourteen music therapists working with thousands of students system-wide. In 1998, the county became an approved American Music Therapy Association National Roster internship site. The music therapy program is funded and supported through the music department. The music therapy department proudly supports the Fulton County School System’s mission to educate students to be responsible, productive citizens who through continuous learning will be able to adapt to an ever-changing, global society.

 

***All participants have audio/visual releases on file. Photos for public use attached.

 

For further information, please contact:

Jamie George, MM, LPMT, MT-BC

The George Center

Phone: 347-351-2703

jamie@thegeorgecenter.com

www.thegeorgecenter.com

 

Jamie George

JAMIE GEORGE

Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!