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 present our 2015 production of  “Seussical, Jr”,  at Eastlight Theatre  on January 23 & 24 at 7:30 pm and January 25 at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are available on line at www.eastlighttheatre.com  and click “order on-line tickets”;  and at the box office at (309)  699-7469.

The Penguin Project will be partnering with Illinois Central College (ICC) to begin a program for teens and young adults at the college in spring/summer of 2015. See “Announcements” for details


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, a state agency