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Redwood City 's Accessible Recreation Activities Program (ARAP) Presents Performance: "Pieces of Ourselves, A Series of Short Plays"

Redwood City, CA -  May 18, 2004 - The Redwood City Accessible Recreation Activities Program (ARAP) is proud to present a theatrical performance entitled "Pieces of Ourselves, A Series of Short Plays" at 8 pm on Monday, June 7th at the Little Theatre, located at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Avenue.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend this performance to show support for these dedicated thespians that have written, directed, and performed all of these original short plays. The performance is free, however donations to support ARAP's art and creative expression programs are greatly appreciated. The performance will be followed by a celebration where light snacks and beverages will be served and autographs will be signed by performers.

The ARAP Drama Club is comprised of fifteen members of the community with various developmental disabilities. The class focuses on each participant's strengths and gives the students an opportunity to express themselves on the stage. Class drama instructor April Funiestas states that, "The students have really grown in the past year. When the program first began, many of them were afraid to get on the stage and now I have a hard time prying them off at the end of the class!" The students in the class have learned a lot about the theatre world, but more importantly, have developed life-long friendships with other actors in the class.

Although ARAP has hosted performances in the past, this will be the first production that is completely created by the participants. With assistance from group home managers, caretakers, and/or parents, the students wrote their plays at home and brought them to class to be given life. The students recruited their actors, designed their sets and discussed any technical aspects (lights, curtains, special effects). On Monday, June 7th they will present their personal expression to their friends, family, and the general public.

Redwood City Parks , Recreation and Community Services Department provides recreational facilities and activities for all ages and interests, and supplies building and custodial services for City buildings. Redwood City Parks also operates the Veterans Memorial Senior Center and the Fair Oaks Community Center , providing social, educational, and cultural activities, as well as information, referral, and counseling services to persons living in Redwood City and neighboring communities. Redwood City Parks is more than you think! Its website is located at

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Contact: Stephanie Douglas
Community Services Program Coordinator



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