JCC offering program for disabled to perform in theatre

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CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) - More and more people with disabilities in the St. Louis area are taking center stage to learn theatre.

The Jewish Community Center in Creve Coeur offers "Theatre Unlimited", a program for disabled adults to learn acting, singing and dancing.

Rehearsals are underway for the musical "Schoolhouse Rock Live!"  "Theatre Unlimited" has been producing one show a year for 28 years.  Stephanie Schechter has performed in 23 of the shows, including this year's musical which will be performed April 16th & 19th.  Stephanie told KPLR/KTVI TV anchor reporter Dan Gray, "Well, I might have I don't know yet but I think I might have a solo."  Stephanie's mother, Eileen Schechter said she is very proud of her daughter, “it’s just been terrific. It’s really been a big confidence builder we watched not only for Stephanie, but for many of the performers over the years.  J.C.C. inclusion coordinator Jasmine Rangel said many theatre skills can be used elsewhere for those living with disabilities, "a lot of them have jobs or are looking for jobs and you wouldn't think that theatre is a tool to do that, nut you learn how to memorize so when you get a job you get a handbook to learn the rules of your job so you can transfer that.

If you would like to help out "Theatre Unlimited", a fundraiser called "Dancing in the Loop" will be held March 7th at the Pageant Theatre...the money raised will go to fund the programs at the Jewish Community Center.

Dan gray will be as a judge for the dance contest.