ELIZABETH, NJ - Community Access Unlimited (CAU), a nonprofit based in Elizabeth that supports adults and children with disabilities, will tonight debut a production of “Aladdin Jr.”
The premiere starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts. The CAU Community Players, a troupe of people with developmental disabilities and other local actors, will star in the play.
“Each year, more and more people with and without disabilities participate and have the opportunity to experience being on stage and to express their creative talents,” said CAU Director of Marketing Cara Pavia. “It’s also given the people who participate to make long-lasting social relationships, learn new skills, and make valuable community connections.”
The CAU Community Players was created in 2012 and allows members to be judged for their talents in acting, singing and dancing with people from the wider community rather than their disabilities.
The troupe selects a play each year that represents CAU’s mission of inclusion, acceptance and confidence regardless of disability. “Aladdin Jr.” was selected this year because it tells the stories of characters who must overcome obstacles in order to achieve their fullest potential.
“It’s something the members of CAU and actors in the community who participate look forward to every single year,” Pavia said, referring to the production.
There will be a showing at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, in addition to tonight’s production. Another performance will be held at 2 p.m. on July 1. Saturday’s performance will have a "Family Day," where members of the audience, including children, will be able to take photos with the cast prior to the show.