Another Partnership with ARC

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Eight weeks of rehearsal… 20 enthusiastic ARC performers…six songs, some glittery gold top hats and two yellow submarines – the ARC Café was AWESOME!

From our first rehearsal, filled with hugs from those returning to our stage, to two nearly sold-out performances and a standing ovation, we had an incredible time! Our hard-working cast learned the music and some fun choreography to an eclectic mix of songs – Dancing Queen, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Feelin’ Groovy, Yellow Submarine, Happiness, and our big finale, New York, New York, complete with a spirited kick-line!

This is truly the most joyful and rewarding theater experience you can imagine – being a part of this gang’s unfiltered enthusiasm and happiness made our lives better! Their kindness and support of each other is a model for how EVERYONE should treat their neighbor. Can’t carry a tune, forgot the words, have two left feet? Doesn’t matter, as long as you’re doing your best – here’s a hug and some applause!

So many Elmwood folks gave their time and talents to make this event a success: the artistic team of Lisa Spielman, Matt Russo and Kathy Gnazzo; our special needs expert Nancy Logan; the boys in the band – Matt, Paul Russo and Bernie Garzia; our multi-tasking performers/stage crew Ayn Lauren, Wendy Portney, Rachel Russo, Bridget Clark, and, making her Elmwood stage debut, Maddie Clark! Thanks, too, to Jennie Marino for the Café logo, Chantale Bourdages for creating our awesome submarines, Mike Gnazzo for designing our lights and Christine Kavanagh for running them, and Evelyn Russo for handling box office (not to mention the calls she fielded for months from last year’s cast, asking when we’d be doing it again!!). I had the honor of finding out what our cast does when they’re not performing on the stage when I interviewed each of them for their bio, learning what makes them happy… Charlie Brown was right! “Happiness is anything and anyone at all that’s loved by you!”

– Debbi Fleckenstein

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