JARC Peter Pan Performance Set For Boca Raton

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you are looking for a great way to help others, consider making plans to see a special Peter Pan production produced by JARC. It's set for early April.

Here are the details:

On April 7th 2013 at 1pm, JARC’s Creative Expression Program will be putting on their annual production at Zinman Hall. This year they will be performing Once Upon a Star: A Peter Pan Adventure. The program is under the direction of the Exceptional Theatre Company.

Exceptional Theatre Company under the direction of Debbie Lombard, is designed to teach theater to individuals of all ages with special needs and creates options for personal growth by exploring all the learning opportunities theater has to offer.

JARC’s Creative Expression Program provides adults with intellectual, mental and physical disabilities with a creative outlet to express themselves. During weekly classes, participants learn techniques in improvisations, movement and music. They explore every aspect of theatre including set and costume design, on-stage and back stage voices, stage right and left, lighting and more.

The classes enhance verbal skills, improve movement, build self-confidence and increase social skills while promoting free thinking. The participants, or actors, chose the theme and develop the script for an annual performance. Volunteers were recruited from the local schools to assist the actors in learning their lines.

JARC clients that have been participating in the program have shown immense personal growth. For example, one client, Tom, was very quiet and did not speak to anyone. Once he joined the play, however, the staff learned he not only had a voice but he enjoyed using it. He just needed an outlet he felt safe with. Grace suffers from stuttering in her daily speech, but that did not stop her from joining the play. The group learned that once she started singing her stuttering disappeared. Grace went from being quiet and afraid to speaking to singing solo songs on stage in front of 200 people. Sam is a young man with Autism. In general he did not like being around crowds of people. Creative Expressions asked him to be the sound tech for the play. He now cannot wait until class because he is in charge of all the music.

Tickets are $7 and can be pre-purchased. There will be limited availability for day-of tickets. Contact Fallon Gechter to purchase you tickets at 561-558-2572 or fallong@jarcfl.org .