Arts & Entertainment

“Beauty and the Beast Jr.” Teams Community Actors and People with Disabilities

June 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM

CAU Community Players comprise members of Community Access Unlimited and community actors from throughout Union County

Elizabeth, NJ – June 26, 2013 – The very special troupe CAU Community Players are taking the stage this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Springfield with their production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

The CAU Community Players is a unique combination of people with disabilities who are members of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) and actors from throughout the Union County community and beyond, including student and members of other community groups. The troupe of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” contains about 80 members, split half between people with disabilities and people without disabilities.

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 “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” will be held at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday. Pre-sale ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students, children and seniors and are available online at Tickets at the door the day of the performance will be available for $10 each.

All proceeds go toward supporting the programs and services of Community Access Unlimited, which supports people with disabilities and at-risk youth to help them live independent and fulfilled lives within the community. Programs include housing, vocation and life skills training and advocacy, among others.

“’Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ is an ideal production for the CAU Community Players because its message of accepting and embracing those who are different parallels the message embedded in everything we do at Community Access Unlimited,” said Sid Blanchard, CAU executive director. “People with disabilities have the same value and ability to contribute to the community as everyone else in society yet are too often viewed as apart.

“The members of CAU Community Players, both those with disabilities and those without, interacting, working together and staging wonderful productions demonstrate the value that comes from acceptance.”

What:   “Beauty and the Beast Jr.”

Who:    CAU Community Players – A joint troupe of community actors from throughout Union County and beyond and members of Community Access Unlimited with developmental disabilities.

When:  Friday – June 28 – 7:30 p.m.
            Saturday – June 29 – 7:30 p.m.
            Sunday – June 30 – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Jonathan Dayton High School

Cost:    $10 – Adults / $8 – Students, children and seniors

To purchase tickets in advance online, visit For more information contact Cara Pavia at Community Access Unlimited at 908.345.3040, ext. 376.


About CAU

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 34th anniversary, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community.  CAU provides support and gives a voice to adults and youth who traditionally have little support and no voice in society.  CAU helps people with housing, life skills, employment, money management, socialization and civic activities.  CAU also supports opportunities for advocacy through training in assertiveness, decision-making and civil rights.  CAU serves more than 5,000 individuals each year.  For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.




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