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Theater Group of People With Developmental Disabilities Performs Dec 18 at Norwalk City Hall

By STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way…

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Theater of STARS performers practice for the show. Pictured are (left to right) Elvira, Jessica Foltz, Nancy Armstrong (co-director), Zee Benn, Terry LePage (staff member) and Ariel Levy. (contributed photo)
Theater of STARs, a theater group of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… will present "STARs on Broadway," a performance of music, dance and theater.

The show will take place at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851 and is open to the public. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. For tickets, call 203-846-9581 ext. 339.

Nicky DuBiago prepares for her solo. In rear are (left to right) Catherine Foster, Elaine Somick, Ariel Levy and Jessica Folz. (contributed photo)
STAR staff members Nancy Armstrong and Mark Minnock created the Theater of STARS program eight years ago for adults served by STAR, and each year the number of participating performers has grown.

This year, nearly 60 STAR performers from Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Darien and New Canaan will participate in the show. Audience participation is encouraged.

Lisa Griffin knows her part at practice. In rear are: (left to right) Debra Rudolf, Catherine Foster and Elaine Somick. (contributed photo)
STAR’s Development Director, Peter Saverine says, “Moving to Concert Hall at Norwalk City Hall this year is so important to us. The City of Norwalk has always been a strong supporter of STAR. We’re taking full advantage of this professional theatrical stage and full-size auditorium with its wonderful acoustics.

STARs on Broadway will showcase favorite Broadway show tunes woven into a story with dances performed by a cast whose talents outshine the challenges of developmental disabilities they face each day. For the ultimate, feel-good break from the holiday rush, we hope the public will join us in support of our rising STARs to fill this great venue.”

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a not–for-profit organization that serves infants, children and adults who have developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families. STAR creates opportunities for people to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy while informing and encouraging the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way…please visit

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