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Community Access Unlimited to hold open auditions for "Annie, Jr." in January

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James McArthur (left) starred as Aladdin and James Smith played the Genie in last year's production of "Aladdin, Jr." Both McArthur and Smith are people with disabilities. Credits: Images by GDVH
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The CAU Community Players will be holding open auditions for their 2018 production of "Annie, Jr." Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 20, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., with callbacks 1:00-3:00 p.m. All auditions will take place in the auditorium of Community Access Unlimited (CAU) at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, 07202.

The CAU Community Players is a troupe of actors both with and without developmental disabilities. Formed in 2012, the troupe allows CAU members to engage in the pleasures of acting, singing and dancing with people from the wider community and to be judged for their talents rather than disabilities. The productions also allow individuals without disabilities to interact with those with disabilities and build bonds.

CAU is a statewide nonprofit providing support program and services to adults with disabilities as well as the youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently in the community, providing support in areas including housing, vocational skills, and life-skills training, education, advocacy, and recreation.

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The CAU Community Players stages a three-day production each year that draws hundreds. This year the troupe will be staging "Annie, Jr," based on the comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. She eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and finds a new home and family in billionaire Daddy Warbucks and a lovable dog named Sandy.

Each year the CAU Community Players select a play that is representative of the agency's message of inclusion, acceptance and believing in oneself, as well as everyone's worth regardless of disability. They also select a play that allows for a large cast, as no one is turned away from performing.

"The main song, 'The Sun Will Come out Tomorrow,' shows that Annie has the optimism that even if things don't look good, she'll make it work," said Marguerite Modero, the troupe's director. "Our members have the same tenacity and optimism to keep trying until they work things out. And to me CAU is like Daddy Warbucks, taking care of our members to make sure their lives are bettered."

Auditions are open to all members of the public, including youths and adults, as well as all members of Community Access Unlimited. No registration is required. For more information about the CAU Community Players, visit www.caunj.org and click on Recreation/CAU Community Players.

Audition schedule:

Tuesday, Jan. 16 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 20 – 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., with call backs 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: 80 West Grant Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38 years in 2017, supports people with special needs in achieving real lives in the community. CAU provides support and gives 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 right. CAU currently serves more than 6,000 individuals and families, with the number served growing each year. For more information about CAU and its services, contact us by phone at 908.354.3040, online at www.caunj.org or by mail at 80 West Grand Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.

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