Therapeutic Recreation holiday concert celebrates 9th year with another sellout
For many community members, the annual Apex PRD Therapeutic Recreation holiday concert is number one on the list of pre-holiday traditions. This year’s show, held on November 30 at the Apex PRD Community Recreation Center, was no exception. As usual, it was standing room only and as usual, the audience was enthusiastically on its feet for the grand finale.
The performers outdid themselves with creativity and camaraderie. There were solos, duets, ensembles and fancy costumes, seasoned with plenty of smiles and laughter. This year’s theme, An Old-Fashioned Christmas, featured favorite tunes that had the audience singing along.
Each year, the cast members, usually about 15-20 in number, come to consensus on the program theme and begin rehearsing in September. That element of collaboration is woven through the weeks of practice, with participants bringing their unique talents to each song and supporting each other throughout the rehearsal and final performance. Chris Duncan, a long-time Apex PRD employee, has volunteered to the concert each year since its inception, with lots of help from other volunteers and community members. At this year’s show, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator Julie Hines expressed delight at how the event has grown since its inception and thanked the audience for its enthusiastic support. Don’t miss the 10th annual concert next year, and until then, happy holidays to all!