The Arc of Atlantic County
6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Beth Ann Spiegel, Communications Associate
609-485-0800 ext. 136 or email@example.com
The Arc of Atlantic County’s Performing Arts Club to Present A Fifties Sock Hop Variety Show September 9 at JCC
Margate, NJ – August 17, 2012—Members of The Arc of Atlantic County’s Spotlight Players Group, a performing arts club for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will present A Fifties Sock Hop, a variety show featuring performances of music from the 1950s, at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Milton and Betty Katz JCC, Nauy Auditorium, 501 N. Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ. Admission is $4.00 per person.
The 30 members of the Spotlight Players Group will showcase their ability to sing, dance, and entertain in a show that also incorporates Arc staff and volunteers. Featured acts include “Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley; an Elvis medley; and “Lollipop” by the Chordettes. Performers will be decked out in poodle skirts, leather jackets, saddle shoes, and other 1950s attire. Performers hail from towns throughout Atlantic County. A complete list of performers and their hometowns is available upon request.
The show will follow a style similar to American Bandstand’s renowned “Rate-A-Record” segment. Seven groups will perform two acts during the show, and the audience will have the opportunity to rate with applause which of the two acts they liked better. In the end, however, every performer will win a Golden Record Award for their performance.
Stage design is generously donated by The Arc’s visual artists through a partnership with the Ocean City Fine Arts League.
The Spotlight Players Group is in its 5th year and 9th performance. Rebecca Eisele of Egg Harbor Township, who directs the program, says, “One of most dedicated volunteers, Jim Fogle of Pomona, came up with this Fifties Sock Hop theme in the fall of 2011, but sadly Jim passed away before his dream could be realized. We’re thrilled to be carrying on his idea with this year’s show. His wife Lynn is an important source of help and is very dedicated to the show. Her love of music from the 1950s is driving its success – we’re looking forward to a great performance!” said Eisele.
The Spotlight Players Group is a performing arts club for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities established by The Arc in 2007. The goal of this program is to introduce people to the world of theater performance and to challenge them to reach new levels with each show. First time participants focus on theater basics and overcoming fears, while seasoned performers are challenged to memorize lines and delve deeper into performance skills and stage presence. While the Spotlight Players aim to entertain, they also ask the audience to consider the amazing journey each of them are on as they gain more confidence and push new boundaries.
Funding for this program has been provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the local arts grant program administered by Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Additional funding is also made possible by the Alan Perskie Fund.
The Arc of Atlantic County is a private non-profit organization that has been making a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families since its founding in 1961. Through direct services, advocacy, education and prevention activities, The Arc works in partnership with individuals and their families to make choices possible about how and where they live, learn, play and work. For further information on The Arc contact Beth Ann Spiegel at 609-485-0800 ext. 136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the Spotlight Players Performing Arts Club, please contact Becky Eisele at 609-485-0800 ext. 202 or email email@example.com.
The Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, a non-profit organization, is the only community center in Atlantic County and open to everyone. In addition to its world-class fitness facility, the Katz JCC offers classes, lectures, seminars, entertainment, education and special services to its members and the members of the Atlantic County community. Both Camp By The Sea and the Katz JCC Early Childhood Program provide scholarships to children in Atlantic County, and the JCC continues to implement its obligation to the community by sponsoring and cooperating in special projects like this one with The Arc of Atlantic County. For more information on the JCC, please contact Marg Mancuso at (609) 822-1167 Ext. 142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.