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"Aladdin Jr." Coming to Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts June 29-July 1

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Cast members from last year's production of "Music Man Jr."
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RAHWAY, NJ - The Community Access Unlimited (CAU) Community Players will be staging a very special production of Aladdin Jr. at the Rahway High School Center for Performing Arts June 29, June 30 and July 1. Show times are 7:30 PM on June 29 and 30 and 2 PM on July 1.

Saturday's performance will be Family Day. Members of the audience, including children, will be able to have their photos taken with members of cast prior to the show.

The CAU Community Players is a troupe of individuals with developmental disabilities and actors and actresses from the broader community. Formed in 2012 by nonprofit Community Access Unlimited, 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.

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

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. Based on the Disney movie, which itself was based on the folk tale of the same name, "Aladdin Jr." is the story of a street urchin, a princess and a genie all overcoming their respective obstacles to escape the traps of their lives and achieve their fullest potential and happiness.

Tickets are available for $10 by visiting www.caunj.org, clicking on Upcoming Events, then CAU Community Players Present Aladdin Jr., then the 2017 Ticket Ordering Form. Or contact Cara Pavia, director of marketing, at 908.354.3040, ext. 4376 or cpavia@caunj.org.

About Community Access Unlimited

Community Access Unlimited (CAU), celebrating its 38th year 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 CAU 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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