Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Theater Class Where All Are Able

Children with and without development
disabilities at the Paper Mill Playhouse
MILLBURN, N.J. —   “I’m a little scared,” confessed one of the children in the black-box theater at the Paper Mill Playhouse here on a recent Friday.
The admission, made by a 10-year-old latecomer in a Lion King T-shirt who occasionally buried his head in his mother’s lap, hardly fazed the drama teacher, Leslie Fanelli, 54, of New Providence.
“Just relax,” she said, momentarily pausing in her demonstration of improvisation, which involved a lot of arm-waving and singing. “Then maybe you’ll feel like joining in.”

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