With approximately 25 percent of its cast members coming from the special needs population, Littleton-based Magic Moments is up to something pretty unique.
"We absolutely hold auditions for parts, and parts are assigned based on how well people perform in auditions," said Magic Moments board member Mary Jeffreys. "We also provide a lot of support to our cast members with special needs, including performance workshops and providing a partner to guide them from rehearsals through performances.We hold all of our actors accountable for being on time and prepared for every rehearsal." The result is a quality, professional theatre experience that is also moving and inspirational. In fact, Magic Moments has about 20 paid staff and approximately 50 volunteers keeping everything on track so that the production is as professional as it can possibly be. "I actually became involved in Magic Moments as a result of attending last year's production of 'Step Right Up!'," Jeffreys said. "I was so impressed with the quality of performances, the story, and the music, that I had to be involved. We celebrate everyone for what they can do -- not what they can’t do." [gallery type="rectangular" size="medium" ids="34430,34431"] And apart from being a touching show for the audience, the ability to participate in a theatre production of this magnitude does wonders for the confidence of the performers themselves. “Magic Moments has allowed our son to shine brightly on stage, thanks to their willingness to accept his differences and let his potential burst through for enthusiastic audiences to enjoy," said Lucie Brossard, a mother of a Magic Moments participant. "In the Same Boat" takes place March 22–25, at Kent Denver School's Anschutz Family Theater in Englewood, with evening performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $25, and 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales go back into Magic Moments for future productions. Tickets are already on sale through the Magic Moments website. Have you been to a Magic Moments production before? What did you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!