For 40 years, the Illusion has produced plays that get to essence of complex social and cultural issues. In 1977, through a partnership with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office we created the TOUCH Program The HCAO was searching for a way to talk to children about sexual abuse, as well as train their staff and professionals to prepare child victims for court. The Illusion Theater’s innovative and award winning Peer Education Program gives agencies, schools and other groups the right to perform Illusion’s educational plays for their own communities. The most popular peer education model is TRUST: Teaching Reaching Using Students and Theater. At TRUST sites, high school students perform Illusion’s educational plays for the elementary, middle and high schools in their communities.s.Our work was so successful educating youth that we made a film in 1983 which addressed the issue of what is appropriate and inappropriate touch. This film has been distributed throughout the world .The demand for showing TOUCH continues to be great as we receive weekly inquires about the film and the program.
It is time for us to update TOUCH for a new generation of children, young adults and the professionals who work with them. Hennepin County Attorney's Office is once again working with Illusion to create scenes that give children skills to protect themselves from today's threats that happen on the internet,in schools, and at home. We invite you to join our growing circle of friends with a gift to support our work in updating this important film. Your support at the $100 or $250 level or at a level that is meaningful to you will make a difference in addressing this important issue today and for future generations. We will include you in the list of community producers and invite you to the premiere of the film. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
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Michael Robins directing the 2016 TOUCH for the Next Generation Acting Company ---Calli Kunz, Ming Montgomery , Comfort Dolo, Megan Burns, Stephanie Bertumen and Isabella Star LaBlanc.