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115,000 PERFORMANCES DOWN AND MORE TO COME; KAISER PERMANENTE LAUNCHES SEVENTH SEASON OF HEALTH EDUCATION THEATRE PROGRAM IN OHIO

115,000 PERFORMANCES DOWN AND MORE TO COME; KAISER PERMANENTE LAUNCHES
 SEVENTH SEASON OF HEALTH EDUCATION THEATRE PROGRAM IN OHIO
 OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 115,000 performances under their belts, the 70 full-time professional actors in Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program are launching their seventh season with a new schedule of plays for 1992-93.
 Since September of 1985, "Professor Bodywise's Traveling Menagerie" has delivered basic nutrition, hygiene and safety messages to more than 3.2 million students (K-5) and 155,000 teachers at 7,000 schools in six regions of the country.
 "Secrets," an AIDS education play for high school students, has been performed before nearly 1.1 students and more than 65,000 teachers nationwide since its debut in February 1989. "Nightmare on Puberty Street," which delivers messages of self-esteem and sex education to junior high school students (grades 6-8), has been performed before 90,000 students and more than 4,000 teachers during 1991, its inaugural season.
 "Educational theatre is an extension of our mission of prevention and our on-going dedication to delivering health care messages in innovative ways," said Linda Davis, vice president of public and community relations for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program.
 Davis also announced that a play with important health messages for senior citizens, called "Ready or Not," will debut in Colorado in October.
 To create the programs, Kaiser Permanente hired professional writers, theatrical producers and educational consultants who understand the needs, language, music and idioms of children and teens. Six of Kaiser Permanente's 12 regions (Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, the Mid-Atlantic States, Ohio and the Northwest) now sponsor one or more of the theatre programs. The programs are free of charge to school and community groups.
 Each 60-minute performance features original music, comedy, dance and emotional drama, as well as discussion between the audience and the actors, who are trained to answer questions on the subject material. Educational materials, including teacher guides and student handouts, also are available.
 Kaiser Permanente is a group practice prepayment program providing comprehensive medical and hospital services to more than 6.6 million voluntarily enrolled members in 12 regions of the United States.
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 CONTACT: Dan Danzig, media relations manager of Kaiser Permanente, 510-271-5953 CO: KAISER PERMANENTE IN: HEA ST: CA -- SF006 -- X255 09/30/92
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