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 excited to announce that our 2017 production will be “Crazy For You, Young Performers’ Edition” This is a high-powered song and dance show with Gershwin music that will blow your socks off. The story goes back and forth between New York City and the Wild West and features a combination of chorus girls, city slickers and cowboys. Performance dates are January 12-15 at Eastlight Theatre.
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The Penguin Project’s® Annual Informational Meeting will be held at the Fondulac Park District Administration Building on September 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM. Please join us to learn more about the program and sign up for “Crazy For You, Young Performers’ Edition.”
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This program is partially supported by grants from:
Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International
Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency