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Little City Star Shines on Stage and in Life

Lindsey performs as Dorothy in the “UPS for DownS” production of Wizard of Oz.

For Lindsey, the whole world is a stage.

Lindsey’s love of acting has been a part of her as long as she can remember and she has used that passion to make her dreams become a reality. Lindsey has had the opportunity to play some of her favorite characters thanks to “UPS for DownS” – a volunteer organization that provides training, education, information and community opportunities for people with Down Syndrome and their families.

The UPS for DownS Theater Company is where Lindsey has nurtured her love of acting and landed some major roles including Belle for Beauty and the Beast and most recently Dorothy in Wizard of Oz.

“I like to make people smile,” Lindsey said. “It’s fun to play different characters.”

Her performances and positive attitude keep her landing big roles in the community-based plays. Terri Devine, a co-president on the UPS for DownS Board of Directors, said Lindsey’s kindness and happiness shine through in all her performances.

“Lindsey is a remarkable young woman,” Terri said. “Her kindness and passion are evident in everything she does, particularly performing on stage. Her first lead role was as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and the emotion and heart when she begged Beast not to leave her still resonates with me six years later.”

Lindsey has also used her winning smile and the discipline and work ethic she learned from acting to land a job through Little City’s Employment First Program. Lindsey works two days a week at Lake Barrington Woods – an independent and assisted living community for seniors. Lindsey works as a dining room associate where she helps serve the meals and interacts with residents.

“She has wonderful natural supports on the job, combined with coaching, which helped her develop the necessary skills and a daily work routine,” said Rebecca Schachter, Lindsey’s job coach. “Her infectious smile and bubbly personality have allowed her to quickly connect with the residents she serves and she receives positive feedback from her fellow co-workers and supervisors due to her excellent work performance, upbeat attitude, and commitment to serving others.”

As if juggling her job and acting career was not enough, Lindsey also is an avid volunteer and tries to give back to the community at every opportunity.

No matter what Lindsey does next, she’ll be sure to put a smile on someone’s face and give the best performance she can.

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services