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Theater of STARs Presents “Twelve” A Performance by Neighbors with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

November 30, 2017

 

 

“Twelve" is a fun and engaging family-friendly song and dance performance by Theater of STARs, a troupe of performers who are part of STAR, Inc. Lighting the Way. It happens to be the twelfth year since the social and educational program began at STAR, which ensures an energized musical for all with many seasonal numbers. The performance will take place on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Norwalk City Hall Concert Hall from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5 or an optional donation. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. Reservations can be made online at www.starct.org.

 

“There is nothing cookie cutter about our show.”- Nancy Armstrong

 

 

“It’s going to be crazy but fun!” – Jassinia Mysogland (pictured on the left)

“My parents say I’m a Drama Queen.” – Nikki Dubiago (pictured on the right)

 

STAR Resident Coordinators Nancy Armstrong and Mark Minnock, who are both talented musicians, created the Theater of STARS program twelve years ago for adults served by STAR. Each year the scale of the show has grown; from performances at a small church, to the big bright stage of City Hall overlooking an audience of over 800; from an original 20 participants to over 60 now from Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien and New Canaan!        You might even find yourself being invited to join in! It’s not only the end result that makes the effort worthwhile, Nancy adds, “Even the rehearsals are simply a joy for everyone. It adds quality to life where you can break through to some tender moments.” For the 15 weeks it takes to prepare, the actors and actresses are able to learn cues, direction, and roles while also contributing some of their own ideas. This only comes from trust in themselves and their friends around them. As Jassinia Mysogland, who has been in the program for 10 years, says, “Even if you mess up, don’t stop.” And even though Angie Daniels, another actress, admits she gets nervous when asked if she is excited to perform, she replied with a beaming smile, “Oh yeah! I’m a diva.” To sum it all up, when it comes down to all aspects of the Theater of STARs, from rehearsal to the after-party, Mark put it best, “We like to dance and sing. If you like to dance, sing, and be carefree, too,  then this is the show for you and your family to kick off the holidays.”

 

“Diva” Angie Daniels

 

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization established in 1952 to serve individuals of all ages who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. STAR’s customized employment program for people with I/DD leads the state in job placements and hours worked. Likewise, STAR’s birth to three program continues to exceed state and local average results with 100% of the children reducing the gap, and 93% caught up in developmental milestones. Headquartered in Norwalk and with new offices in 15 Cross Street, Norwalk and 111 Elm Street, New Canaan, STAR annually serves over 600 individuals from birth through their senior years in Fairfield County. They aim to inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

 

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, or to volunteer or donate, visit www.starct.org .

 

Jennifer Thompson

Bryan Rodriguez

STAR

182 Wolfpit Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06851

(203) 846-9581, ext.339

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