The Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre

The Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre


What is it? The Penguin Project is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All will sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers (Mentors). 
When are organizational meetings? Artists and Mentors and their families can learn more about the Penguin Project at one of our organizational meetings. 
There will be two informational meetings, the first on June 3, 2017 from 10:00 am to noon. The second meeting will be on June 15, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 
Dr. Andrew Morgan, the founder of The Penguin Project will speak at the June 15th meeting. Attend one or both meetings, everyone is welcome. 
The meetings will be held at The Hub (Folkert Community Hub) home of No More Sidelines @ 640 Seminole Rd., Norton Shores. 
Please feel free to call if you have any questions, 231.722.3852. 
Who can participate? Artists are children and young adults (ages 10-22) with disabilities. Including (but not limited to) Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and neurological disorders. Mentors are children and young adults (ages 10-22) who do not have disabilities. They will be matched with an artist of similar age and the two will work side-by-side. 
What show are you doing? Our show this year will be Annie Junior. When is it? The Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre will present Annie Jr. on October 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm. and October 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm. at The Frauenthal Center. Tickets will be available after July 31st. 
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Looking for Artistic Staff

Looking for Season Staff!!!

It's that time again when we begin looking for our artistic staff for next year’s season! We are seeking qualified individuals to fill artistic staff positions for these productions. All positions are currently available, and some positions receive a stipend.  Those who are interested in directing, music direction, stage management, scenic, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup design as well as properties, set dressing, and scenic painting are asked to express their interest in writing or by email to Kirk Wahamaki, the Artistic Director of Muskegon Civic Theatre as soon as possible and no later than  June 10, 2017.
Phone 231.722.3852

My Way 
Beardsley Theater
Auditions July 23, 24, 2017
Rehearsals Start—July 31
Run—Sept.15—30, 2017
"My Way" includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards associated with Sinatra, whose storied career spanned nearly 60 years and during which he earned the nicknames "Chairman of the Board" and "Ol' Blue Eyes." The songs performed in the show are either sung in their entirety or are excerpted.


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike  
Beardsley Theater
Auditions—Sept. 25, 26, 2017
Rehearsals Start —Oct.2
Run—Nov.17—Dec. 3, 2017

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.


Guys on Ice 
Frauenthal Black Box
Auditions—Nov. 20, 21, 2017
Rehearsals Start—Nov. 23
Run—Jan. 19—27, 2018

This charming play tells the story of two ice fishing buddies from Northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away.
From their ice fishing shanty, long-time pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer, and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and share secrets of his life on da' lake, Lloyd ponders a recent squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher.
With musical numbers like "De Wishing Hole", "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit", and "Fish is de Miracle Food", Guys on Ice will charm your wool socks off.


A Raisin in the Sun
Beardsley Theater
Auditions—Dec. 11, 12, 2017
Rehearsals Start—Jan. 2, 2018
Run—Feb 16—March 4, 2018

Set on Chicago's South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family's heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.


Frauenthal Theater
Auditions—Feb. 18, 19, 2018
Rehearsals Start—Feb. 26 
Run—May 3—6, 2018

Join King Arthur and his bumbling Knights of the Round Table as they hilariously search for the Holy Grail in Monty Python's Spamalot. Lovingly ripped off from the classic movie, The Frauenthal stage will be the host for Killer Rabbits, the Knights who say "Ni", and the ravishingly beautiful Lady of the Lake (and her Laker Girls).


Limelight Musical Theatre Camp


New this summer is Limelight Musical Theatre Camp for grades 6-12!

 Limelight is a one-week intensive where students will work with a professional creative team and other talented students to rehearse and perform a full-scale musical theatre production.

Designed for students who have some singing, dancing, or acting experience, this program is a great opportunity to take the next steps in performance based training Limelight students will participate in daily musical theatre production rehearsals, during which students and the creative team (director, choreographer, musical director, and designers) prepare the show, FAME Jr.!

Limelight Musical Theatre Camp
Session Days — June 19–24, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Performance — June 24, 2017
Muskegon Community College's Overbrook Theater
Tuition: $200


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Muskegon Civic Theatre's Summer Intern Program






Muskegon Civic Theatre is committed to providing exceptional internship opportunities for the next generation of artists, educators and administrators. This program is open to students in 7th- 12th grade. 

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Register for Theatre Camp!


Footlights Fun Camp presents
The Lion King KIDS


Monday – Friday 9-3:30 
Friday Performance at 3pm
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
Session 1 July 17 – July 21, 2017
Session 2 July 31 – August 4, 2017
Session 3 August 14 – August 18, 2017
(231) 722-3852
K-5 (open to those entering 6th grade)
Footlights Fun Camp is a one-week theatre arts camp designed to instruct the young performer in musical theatre basics. In the morning, students will rotate through classes to learn and polish skills in four core areas: drama, vocal music, dance, and visual arts. Afternoons are spent rehearsing for the Friday performance, The Lion King KIDS! 

Enrollment Information

Students K-5th grade welcome! (including students entering 6th grade in the fall of 2017)
Enrollment for each session Is limited to the first 50 registrants
A minimum $25 non-refundable deposit is required of all applicants to reserve a camp spot. Full payment must be received 10 days prior to the start date of each session. 
Session I  Payment due by July 7th, 2017
Session II Payment due by July 21st, 2017
Session III Payment due by August 4th, 2017
Grade level is the grade student will complete by June 2017.
No tuition reimbursement will be given for cancellations made less than seven days prior to the start of a session. 


$195 per student
$170 for tuition + $25 deposit
(includes camp t-shirt)

Additional Information

All students will receive a camp t-shirt! Be sure to indicate size selection on the registration form. 
Mail your registration form and check made payable to 
Muskegon Civic Theatre
425 W. Western Ave, Suite 401
Muskegon, MI 49440
Participants provide their own brown bag lunches and mid-morning snack
Students are asked to wear comfortable play clothes and closed-toe shoes. (No flip-flops or crocs)
Tickets for the performance are free of charge and will be available during camp week. Ticket availability is based on camp enrollment. 

Camp Staff

Kurt McCool, Director
Heather McCallum, Music Director
Katie Stout, Visual Arts
Michelle Thompson, Choreography
We accept cash, check or credit card for tuition payment. You may register over the phone or by mailing your registration and payment to:

Muskegon Civic Theatre 425 W. Western Avenue, Suite 401 Muskegon, MI 49440

Scholarship Information Partial scholarships are available for families who demonstrate need. 

To receive consideration for aid, you must submit the following items: 
• School lunch program documentation or most recent W-2 
• Letter of recommendation from a teacher
 • MCT scholarship application. A form is available online or through the MCT office.
 • Deposit fee ($25) and Registration Form
Fill out the Scholarship Request form to get started!