The idea behind the Off-Beat Players is a simple one. Bring together young actors, some with developmental disabilities and others without, to work together to "organize, adapt, produce and present theatre." But while the idea might be simple, the result is oftentimes magical. Such was the case with the group's recent production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the timeless Broadway musical smash that documents the rise of ambitious young J. Pierrepont Finch from window washer to business executive. The polished cast performed such favorites as "Rosemary," "Grand Old Ivy" and "I Believe In You," accompanied by the The Money Pit Players.
The mission of the Off-Beat Players, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, is to "engage teens and young adults of differing backgrounds and abilities, in a performing arts program that enhances every individual's life skills, affords everyone the opportunity to experience success in the performing arts and allows each person to help build community by demonstrating how much can be accomplished when differences are accepted and celebrated."
If the smiling faces of the actors as they took their curtain calls after the play was any indication, it was mission accomplished.
For more about the Off-Beat Players, visit www.offbeatplayers.org.