Talent shining through

Talent shining through

Nike magista obra australia superfly cleats for sale stories by PANG HIN YUE CALLING themselves the Creative Stars, eight young adults with learning disabilities look forward to Tuesdays. They have been meeting on the second floor of the annex of Central Market, Kuala Lumpur, since children’s theatre company The Jumping Jelly Beans (JJB) started a pilot project in April to bring people in the local arts scene to work with them. “When they first met, they were very shy and hardly spoke a word, says JJB director Cinzia Claramicoli. “But over time, they developed a close bond and became an irrepressible group, These days, they proudly wear their selfdesigned Tshirts bearing the group’s name. They are eager to learn what it takes to produce a show: from ushering to acting, maskmaking, lighting and playing musical instruments. Creative stars: The eight young adults with learning disabilities wearing the Tshirts which they designed.

Though busy with their own projects, theatre producers and actors like Cinzia Claramicoli, Sabera Shaik and Chae Lian are lending a hand so that the likes of Jonathan Raja, Clement Ooi and Then Yee have a chance to nurture their talents. Claramicoli set up JJB together with Shantini Venugopal superfly cleats for sale to reach out to marginalised nike magista obra australia groups through theatre. “The idea is to help adults with special needs to work towards producing their maiden show next March to generate income that will be used to finance subsequent productions, says superfly cleats for sale Claramicoli. “Ultimately, it is about independence and a means nike magista obra australia to earn a living. We don’t want it to be a charity case. We work together to focus on their ability rather than their disability, explains Claramicoli, who hails from Italy. To further strengthen the group, JJB is inviting seven young adults with physical disabilities to join them. “Our aim is to have a good mix and to ensure both sides complement each other, she adds. Even the parents are excited about the prospect superfly cleats for sale of their children becoming financially independent as their talents are being developed. Anne Ooi is thrilled that her autistic son, Clement, a gifted painter, has a chance to explore the various disciplines in theatre. Gheetha Unnie, who volunteers as the group’s administrator, is delighted that her son, Yudhesh Subramaniam, has gained more confidence. When JJB first mooted the idea, they had problems recruiting volunteers. “But now we have a waiting list! People are coming forward to share their experiences and ideas, and this is great for the group, Claramicoli says. Although she is relatively new to the group, Chae Lian has worked with special needs people during her performing arts fellowship in the United States. Her role is to teach the group how to manage the audience before and after the show. The Creative Stars will get the chance to shine as she is enlisting them for offstage duties for a series of plays at the Actors Studio in Bangsar, KL, in December. Sabera teaches the group breathing and movement techniques, and tries to make each session fun. “This is to help them say their lines clearly as they move about on the stage, she says. Related Stories: superfly cleats for sale.