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Theatre Prof Helps Sandy Hook Students Heal

Published on July 18, 2014

• SU faculty teams with 12.14 Foundation to put on productions

Susquehanna University's Erik Viker helps Sandy Hook students healErik Viker, associate professor of theatre at Susquehanna University, is working with the 12.14 Foundation this summer. The 12.14 Foundation is focused on bringing performing arts experiences to the youth of the Sandy Hook, Conn., community in the wake of the elementary school shootings there.

This is the second summer for the group and the first Viker is using his knowledge of stagecraft to help a community heal. The group is doing two productions—“A Rockin’ Midsummer Night’s Dream” and an updated version of “101 Dalmatians”—a talent competition, a weekly movie series and a dance concert. Approximately 200 youths from teenagers to younger students are participating alongside Broadway professionals and theatre professionals from around the world.

“I decided that there was no better way to spend my creative activity time this summer than working with survivors of the Sandy Hook tragedy,” said Viker, who is production manager for the foundation’s events. “Theatre provides the perfect balance of teamwork and self-reliance to encourage these kids to overcome adversity, and working with professionals has built their confidence and community spirit.”

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