10th anniversary Therapeutic Recreation holiday concert showcased a decade of favorites
On Thursday, November 29, an appreciative audience was treated to a magical trip down memory lane, with a stunning performance by participants in the Apex PRD Therapeutic Recreation program. The sold-out show, held at the Community Recreation Center, 6842 Wadsworth Blvd., was a festive and meaningful way to open the holiday season with love, laughter, music and talent.
Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator Julie Hines started the evening off with a little bit of history. “The first year, we thought maybe we should put out 20-25 chairs, and it’s amazing how quickly it took off from there,” she said, acknowledging the sellout crowd.
Apex personal trainer and fitness instructor Chris Duncan has volunteered to direct and produce the event for all ten years. Chris introduced her nephew Timmy Frazier, who was the inspiration for the concert and who traveled from Wyoming to participate in the last two songs.
The performers outdid themselves, which they’ve done every year since the beginning. Since the show featured songs from all ten years, they needed to shift gears and change costumes more than usual. This was accomplished with smiles, showmanship and a supportive, cooperative spirit.
Each year, the cast members, usually about 15-20 in number, discuss the year’s program theme and begin rehearsing in September. Throughout the months of preparation, they practice their unique talents and support each other throughout the rehearsal and final performance. Afterward, they celebrated with family, friends and refreshments and happy holiday wishes to all!
For more information on the Therapeutic Recreation program, visit https://apexprd.org/activities/therapeutic-recreation/