Expressive Musical Entertainment!
The Down Syndrome Association of Houston (DSAH) Pantomime Troupe has been entertaining the Houston community since 2010. The Troupe consists entirely of adults with Down syndrome who share a love of music, creative movement, and performing for others.
Under the Artistic Direction of Julithe Garrett and his MimaShow, the Troupe has performed at Jones Hall, the Goodwill corporate offices, the Houston Buddy Walk, and various other DSAH events. Mr. Garrett has over 20 years of experience working with special-needs performers and enjoys giving them an opportunity to shine in their own way. He believes that learning to use gestures to communicate actions and emotions is particularly beneficial to individuals with Down syndrome, who often have some degree of speech impairment.
Mr. Garrett has seen his students thrive and develop greater self-confidence as they learn and demonstrate Pantomime techniques and discover the depth of their inner creativity.
Pantomime Classes and Performing Troupe rehearsals are offered at our Down Syndrome Resource Center (RC) located at 7115 W. Tidwell, Bldg. K Suite 106 Houston, TX 77092. There are approximately 20 to 25 students during instruction time.
Pantomime Class Requirements
- Diagnosed with Down syndrome
- Up to date DSAH members 18+
- Able to stay in a large group without reminders
- Ambulatory and able to follow directions
- Have transportation
- Commit to attend to all classes
– These are offered on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
. In our Pantomime Classes, Artistic Director Julithe Garrett instructs students on techniques, steps, and refining movements. By being part of the classes, students have the opportunity to perform at the World Down Syndrome Celebration
as well as the Houston Buddy Walk!
Pantomime Performing Troupe
– The Pantomime Troupe performers will meet on Mondays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
to rehearse full routines which they will perform. This hour and a half rehearsal is only for the Performing Troupe
which is different from the Wednesday classes
How can your son/daughter be eligible for the Pantomime Performing Troupe?
After two semesters of Pantomime Classes, he/she will audition
with Mr. Garrett and, if chosen, must commit to the following:
- Pay the $50 Pantomime Performing Troupe costume fee
- Attend 75% of all Monday rehearsals from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
- Attend 75% of all Wednesday classes from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
- Attend 90% of all performances
By separating these two options, we are able to serve more participants in our classes and have an established Performing Troupe of 10 performers that can be readily available
to represent DSAH at various community events.
Click here for Spring CLASS schedule
Click here for Spring TROUPE schedule
Spring Semester January 9 - May 24
Time: Performing Troupe
and Wednesdays - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Time: Pantomime Classes
Cost: Both the Class participants and Troupe performers pay
$30 Registration fee per semester
You can also download our Pantomime Class Application 2017
or submit the application online by filling out the form below.
Registration in the Pantomime Classes does NOT guarantee participation in the Pantomime Performing Troupe.
For more information contact us at 713.682.7237 x 201