Chelsey Hardy

A lot of work goes into theatrical productions at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, particularly a sensory friendly performance of L’Étoile. But for third-year Stage Design and Technical Theatre student Chelsey Hardy and her classmates, it was a chance to apply the skills they have learned to bring the classic opera to a whole new audience.

 “We had a lot of help from Autism Nova Scotia, not only in working out the lighting cues, sound levels, and blocking but also in creating a quiet room for people who needed a break from the show,” Hardy says. “It was a great experience and it creates more opportunities to present shows that welcome more members of the community.”

Hardy says the new and upgraded spaces that will be developed through the Performing Arts Campaign will increase performance opportunities, and she is grateful that alumni and other donors have stepped up to support the initiative. “This campaign will enable students to collaborate in ways we couldn’t before and to create more art we can share with everyone,” she says. “It’s really nice to see that people appreciate what we do here.”