Empowerment Through the Arts
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The Rainbow Players


The individuals that became involved in The Rainbow Players were mostly in high school in 1997. They continue to be involved today aged from 22 and beyond.


Theater training with Ezzell as teacher/director, began with classes in the fall of 1999, and continued with the initial performance: “April Follies” in April, 2000. Each year after this, the newly founded theater troupe, The Rainbow Players, improvised and wrote a new show with the participation of local community members in a fully inclusive theatrical production.


The Hero's Journey- A Case for Innocence- Aug. 14, 2021 3 pm. with a Post-Show discussion following the performance.  At Belchertown State School- 1 Front St., Belchertown, MA 

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The Rainbow Players Timeline: 2000 and Beyond! (All Original Improvised Scripts)

Directed by C. Ezzell Floraniña.

Chris Wood Speaks!
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  • Performance of original duets: Best Buddies Celebration and Benefit: City Stage, Springfield, MA
  • Performance: Families United for Change- Holyoke, MA- Awards Luncheon
  • Best Buddies Celebration- performance at Mt. Holyoke College, S. Hadley, MA
  • HEC – Hampshire Educational Collaborative Staff Orientation- Northampton, MA
  • NIRI- Keynote performance: National Institute for Recreation Inclusion Conference in Groton, CT
  • Groton/Dunstable Middle School Workshop and all school performance on issues of bullying and discrimination- inclusive program with drama class and life skills classes
  • Groton/Dunstable High School Event: 50 students: Workshop with National Honor Society Students, Drama Club students and students from the Life Skills class- inclusive – day long workshops on issues facing students such as: bullying, discrimination, racism, job inequality, etc.
  • Best Buddies Celebration – performance at Mt. Holyoke College, S. Hadley, MA
  • DMR Staff Conference on Support of Self Advocacy- Keynote Performance and workshops with staff – Worcester, MA (Two conferences)
  • DMR and Massachusetts Legislative Breakfast- Chicopee, MA

The Rainbow Players:

The troupe, The Rainbow Players, together now for more than 15 years of productions of original material, are growing. Involved in giving workshops for after school programs on discrimination and bullying, for direct care staff of the regional DMR, in 2006-2009, breaking down barriers and the accepted ideas held about them has become second nature.

The leadership apparent in this group of actors serve to empower others through the very way heads are held high as Self-Advocates. The membership continues to grow, involving new aspiring actors from as near as Belchertown and Greenfield and as far away as Westhampton, Easthampton and Holyoke.

The group has a consistent membership of between 10 and 12 between the ages of 16-58, an even mix of male and female. Amazing transformations become apparent as individuals who had previously been practically non-verbal, have something to SAY! Let’s Listen…

Want to have some acting classes? Having a party? Want to start your own group? We travel and work with schools to help stop bullying through theater and the methods of Augusto Boal. Contact Ezzell: ezzellfloranina@gmail.com

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