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.”


The Penguin Project
is pleased to announce that
our 2014-2015 production will be “Seussical,Jr”,  at Eastlight Theatre  on January 23-25, 2015.

Rehearsals start at the Fondulac Park District Building at 201 Veterans Dr. in East Peoria on 9/4/14 at 6:45 pm.  Click or visit Announcements for information about the program.
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This program is partially supported by grants from:

Spastics Paralysis Research Foundation
Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International

Community Foundation of Central Illinois

Illinois Arts Council Agency

 

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