The CAU Community Players will launch their 2015 season with open auditions for this year’s performance of Dreamwork’s musical production, “Shrek the Musical, Jr.,” beginning January 12. Auditions are open to the public, in addition to members and staff of Community Access Unlimited.
Those auditioning should prepare a song from “Shrek the Musical Jr.” or a song in that style. All auditions will be held at 45 Cherry Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. The schedule of auditions is:
Monday, January 12 – 6:30-8:00 p.m
Wednesday, January 14 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 17 – 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m
Since 1979 CAU has been providing support programs and services to people with disabilities statewide and youth served under the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to enable them to live independently at home or in the community, in areas including housing, vocational and life-skills training, education, advocacy and recreation and in-home services.
The CAU Community Players is a collaborative effort between CAU members and staff and the public to jointly stage an annual theatrical performance. This year’s performance will be the groups fifth since their first production of “Seussical Jr.” in June 2012.
The CAU Community Players are inviting new participants to join in this year's production. Acting roles in the show are suited for actors of all ages and abilities, and feature iconic characters such as “Shrek,” “Princess Fiona” and “Puss in Boots.” The CAU Community Players also are seeking members for their behind-the-scenes crew to assist with back-stage work, scenery and costume construction and day-of-show assistance with ticket sales and fundraising efforts.
“The CAU Community Players and the productions we stage are wonderful opportunities for our members to interact and collaborate with the community of which they are a part,” said Luis Ayala, CAU’s community integration coordinator. “It also is an ideal chance for members of the community, including children and young adults, to interact with people with disabilities and to perform side by side with them, a wonderful learning experience.”
Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2014, 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 had 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 6,000 individuals 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.