Shining Stars Network, a non-profit organization shining the light on the special needs community through the performing arts, is excited to present their second annual “Christmas Spectacular” on Thursday December 5, 2019.

This not to be missed evening of holiday favorites puts the spotlight on their incredible cast — and will be filled with sing-a-longs and audience participation, including the return of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” — which instantly became a fan favorite while involving the entire audience.

Because of the success of last year’s show, this year’s “Christmas Spectacular” will be presented at the historic Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Thursday, December 5, 2019.

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“UCPAC has been our home for the past two “Evening of Shining Stars” shows, which drew an audience of more than 1,000 each year,” said Shining Stars Network co-founder and show co-director Sally Curci. “We are thrilled to take our Christmas show to this iconic stage and look forward to presenting another magical night for our audience.”

Tickets for the Shining Stars “Christmas Spectacular” are on sale now at www.UCPAC.org/events.

Also, mark your calendars for Friday, May 8, 2020 when the Shining Stars return to the UCPAC main stage for the third straight year. The 9th annual “Evening of Shining Stars” promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring their 2020 World Tour, highlighting many of the greatest songs from around the world.

And on Saturday, August 8, 2020, the Shining Stars Network cast will take the stage at the historic Paper Mill Playhouse to present “The Greatest Show” — filled with Broadway and movie showstoppers.

“We are thrilled and excited to be partnering with Paper Mill Playhouse for this co-production,” noted Shining Stars Network co-founder and President Mike Curci. “This is a tremendous opportunity for our special cast to be on the legendary Paper Mill stage. There is no doubt they will light up the stage with another incredible performance.”

Shining Stars Network is an expansion of the successful Shining Stars talent shows which began in Cranford more than eight years ago with 15 cast members. That number has grown to more than 40 and while the majority of cast members live in Union County, there are cast members from six different counties who have taken the stage.

“It’s an exciting time for our organization and we continue to receive requests from those who want to join our Shining Stars family,” said Curci. “There’s a need for what we are providing and our goal is to continue our mission of creating even more exciting and unique opportunities to be on stage in the future.”

“Being on stage builds self-confidence and self-esteem, which is something our stars take into their every day lives.” noted Shining Stars Network co-founder & co-director Sally Curci. “Friendships are built between cast members and our volunteer “buddies” and these long-lasting bonds are just as important as the performing. Our goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible for the special needs community.”

For more information or to donate to Shining Stars Network, log on to www.ShiningStarsNetwork.org.

Shining Stars Network, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that shines the light on the special needs community by creating opportunities in the performing arts and other events. In addition, our Shining Stars Ambassadors basketball team travels to play local first responders and organizations with the goal of building friendships and understanding in an inclusive environment. The successful Camp Shine — a two-week intensive special needs performing arts summer camp — will present their 4th annual camp from August 17-28, 2020