Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria, Illinois. A group of children in a program called The Penguin Project® take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. This production is unique, however, because all of the roles are filled by children with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by their “peer mentors”, a group of children the same age without disabilities, who have volunteered to work with them side-by-side and guide them through 4 months of rehearsals and the final production. By creating unrestricted access to the performing arts, The Penguin Project® demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences.
“Our penguins may not be able to fly, but that does not prevent their spirits from soaring.”
Welcome to The Penguin Project!
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The Penguin Project is pleased to announce that
our 2014-2015 production will be “Seussical,Jr”, at Eastlight Theatre on January 23-25, 2015.
Please join us at our Informational Meeting
on August 25,2014 at 7:00 pm at the Fondulac Park District Office Building at 201 Veterans Dr. in East Peoria to Iearn more about the program. Click or visit Announcements for information about the meeting.