Quotes from the Cast
Becca Yelle, Open Door Actor since 2018
“Being a member of the cast in Open Door Theater makes me feel proud of myself and proud of all the other cast members. I love dancing and being on stage and I have made a lot of new friends.”
An actor with Autism clashes swords with an actor with Down syndrome while other knights cheer them on.
Myla Haan, Second Generation Open Door since 2005
“From going to rehearsals with my mom and wishing to be up on that stage when I finally turned 9, to getting involved in any way I can just to be with Open Door people, this group has always been like a second home to me. Because the Dragonfly Theater is named in memory of my mom, her legacy shines out every time Open Door Theater puts on a show. It radiates through all the huge smiles on everyone’s faces, the support and respect shown to every individual, and the utter joy from experiencing the magic of ODT together.”
Emily Harvey Lacroix, Open Door since 2015
In 2015 I had a very tearful phone call with President Sam Gould when I called to inquire about Open Door. At that time, I thought I’d never be able to do theater again because my disability is unpredictable and my needs change so much day to day. She calmly told me to show up as I was each day for rehearsal, wheelchair, crutches, cane or whatever, and we’d choose what made the most sense closer to the show like it was absolutely no big deal. And it was great!
Showing up, however I was, at Open Door from 2015 to 2020 has been critical to creating the good disabled life I’m living now. I’m calmly asking for my accommodations and accepting that I have some limitations to work around. I’m proud of the support, creativity, and resilience of the disability community. I know that I am still awesome and have lots to give. I don’t think I would have found this pride and peace in who I am without Open Door Theater.