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Mary Poppins cast announced

Cast Announced!

 

 

 

 

Mary Poppins

 

ADMIRAL BOOM..............................David Utzinger
BERT..............................................Jarod Peterson
KATIE NANNA.................................Erin Mickelson
MARY POPPINS...................................Maddie Fox
MICHAEL BANKS............................Leo Ackerman
JANE BANKS..............................Halley Ackerman
MISS ANDREW.............................Sarah Bolthouse
MISS LARK....................................Helen Sherman
MR. GEORGE BANKS.......................David Riegler
MRS. BRILL.......................................Chelsea Zobl
MRS. CORRY.....................................Kendyl White
MRS. WINIFRED BANKS.................Jaimie McCool
NELEUS................................................Dustin Day
ROBERTSON AY..............................Corbin Mulder
THE BIRD WOMAN...........................Robin Erdman
THE PARK KEEPER........................Dave Mathews
Queen Victoria.................................Kathy Bertoia
Bank Chairman..................................Kevin Prince
Miss Smythe.................................Krystal Gardner
Von Hussler.........................................Walter Mrotz
Northbrook........................................Cruz Russick
Fannie...........................................Ashley Erdman
Annie....................................................Lily Fisher
Policeman.................................Kristopher Arnold
 
Ensemble
Andrea Lindeback
Lisa Smith
Mary Van Wylen
Audrey Walker
Jake Trygstad
Allison Gilde
Kyle Goltz
Gavin Johnson
Sohpie Rechnegel
Kim Sorenson
Jessica Lawton
Jake Zobl
Caleb Crawford
Jana Warren
Victoria Learman
Sabrina Hochhuth
Spencer Klaiter
 

 

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The Penguin Project

 The Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre

 
 
 

 

What is The Penguin Project?

 
The Penguin Project was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to give children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts.  “Dr. Andy” is a developmental pediatrician and the former Head of the Division of Child Development at the University of Illinois in Peroria.  He has also directed and performed in many community theatre productions.  He created The Penguin Project recognizing that theatre not only provides children with a valuable recreational experience and an opportunity to display their creative talents, but also enhances social interaction, communication skills, assertiveness, and self-esteem.  The Penguin Project strives to demonstrate that individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiasm as others, if given opportunity and support.  The origin of the name “Penguin Project” comes from the unique characteristics of penguins.  They are extremely playful and curious, and work well together.  More importantly, they have a “disability” that distinguishes them from other birds – they can’t fly!!  Instead penguins waddle and toboggan on their bellies over the snow, and are excellent swimmers in the water.  So like our young artists, they have adapted to the challenges of their environment, and have not allowed their unique difference to interfere with their lives.
 
The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10 to 21 with a developmental disability.  There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restriction of mobility, or lack of communication skills, unless their behavior might endanger himself/herself or others.
 
The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability.  The peer mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage.  They are on stage with their partner in the same or complimentary costume throughout the entire show.
 
Among the many benefits is the special impact on the parents.  For the first time, many of them have experienced the joy of sitting in a audience and watching their children perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.