A documentary following Sing Sing prisoner-members of The Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) as they mount a production of A Few Good Men.
Saturday, March 9
Join us in the Christ Church Greenwich Parish Hall for a viewing of this amazing story of redemption through participation in the performing arts. This award-winning documentary by Goldcrest Films takes us behind the bars of Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, a maximum-security state prison, to witness the transformation of individuals through their journey from auditions to curtain calls for the production of A Few Good Men.
RTA was founded in 1996 at Sing Sing Correctional Facility where performing arts have been a medium for teaching behavioral and cognitive development for decades. The success of this program is widely recognized based on the fact that the number of people returning to a correctional facility after release who have participated in a RTA program drops from over 60% to just 5%.
Founder and Executive Director, Katherine Vockins, explains that the performing arts and the way they are taught through the RTA provides its participants critical life social skills such as eye contact, listening skills, how to work together in a group for a common goal, problem solving, and patience for a longer-term return in the future. The performing arts provides a sense of accomplishment that participants may not have had in a traditional academic setting, but once they feel the satisfaction of accomplishment from performing, this confidence then translates into the classroom. Many participants go on to finish their GED.
On March 9, we will be showing the entire documentary followed by Q & A with Charles Moore, RTA Program/Alumni Coordinator. Hear firsthand this program transformed Charles’s life.
Free to the general public. High school students welcome and encouraged to join us. Popcorn, candy, and drinks will be served.
Come and be transformed by this incredible story and see how we all share in this transformation through the grace of the Performing Arts.