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Redwood City ’s Accessible Recreation Activities Program (ARAP) Presents


Redwood City, CA - March 14 , 2006 - The Redwood City Accessible Recreation Activities Program (ARAP) is proud to present “The ARAP Movie Musical Showcase 2006”, at 8PM on Friday, March 24 th 2006 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 the many dedicated actors who have produced and starred in a short movie musical production. The event is free, however donations to support ARAP’s art and creative expression programs are greatly appreciated. The performance will be followed by a celebration with light appetizers, goodies, champagne, and sparkling cider.

The ARAP Drama Club is comprised of twenty 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 in front of a camera.

Drama class instructor April Funiestas states that “The students have really grown in the past year. When the program first began, many of the students were afraid to get in front of the camera and now they don’t even hear me say ‘cut!’.” The students in the class have learned a lot about the movie world, but more importantly, have developed deep friendships with other actors in the class as well as gained self-confidence that can be applied in all aspects of their life.

In addition to the ARAP Drama Club Movie Musical Film, the evening will also feature artwork courtesy of students in the ARAP Creative Expressions programs, and a warm up fitness demonstration compliments of members of the ARAP Fitness Club. The general public is encouraged to attend this inspiring, heart-warming event to show support for people with disabilities within the community, as well as applaud Redwood City’s continuing commitment to providing both inclusive and accessible programming to people of all abilities in the Bay Area.

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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Stephanie Douglas
Recreation Supervisor

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