Special Needs

Over the past several years HFI has been committed to providing activities and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Here are some examples:

2014 Camp Hippodrome
HFI has partnered with Kennedy Krieger, Maryland School for the Blind and the Autism Society of Maryland to provided one-day camps for children with special needs. These special campers learned and performed on the Hippodrome Theatre stage and participated in workshops focusing on vocals, creative movement, theater games, improv and more.

Special Performances

1) Gazillion Bubble Show sponsored by CareFirst BlueCross
BlueShield October 19, 2011

HFI arranged a special performance of The Gazillion Bubble Show for Baltimore children impacted by autism.CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield sponsored the event. More than 600 people attended, both families and students from the following schools:

  • Kennedy Krieger
  • St. Elizabeth’s
  • Ridge Ruxton
  • Harbour School
  • Forbush School at Hunt Valley
  • Chimes School
  • Darlington Elementary

Gazillion Bubble Show is produced by five-time Tony-Award® winner Jon B. Platt (Wicked and The Book of Mormon), and starred international sensation Fan Yang. Fan transformed a plethora of beautiful bubbles into a thrilling, interactive spectacular for our audience and we were grateful to him for donating his time and materials for HFI’s free performance.

2) Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker sponsored by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield – December 4, 2009

HFI secured a dress rehearsal of the Nutcracker for families with children impacted by autism. More than 100 Maryland children and parents attended the show and reception where Santa Claus made an appearance.

3) Tree Wise -National Theater for the Deaf production October 28, 2008

HFI arranged a special matinee of Tree Wise, for 350 deaf/hearing-impaired Maryland students from the following agencies/schools:

  • The Hearing and Speech Agency
  • Maryland School for the Deaf
  • Baltimore County Public Schools

Tree Wise told the story of a boy who has Deaf parents and he makes friends with a girl at school. Through the help of a very special tree, the boy learns how to help his new friend and classmates understand more about Deaf culture. The tree taught sign language to the students through games.


Master Classes for children with special needs

HFI took cast members from Mary Poppins to teach a vocal class at the Maryland School for the Blind. Students at the school were also performing Mary Poppins so it was fun for students to sing with professional cast members. (and fun for the professionals to sing with the students!)