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The Penguin Project

Youth Program

Yard Signs Available

Show your support of the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre with one of our yard signs!

The Penguin ProjectWhat 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 12 to 24 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 an audience and watching their children perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.

This will be our third year partnering with No More Sidelines on this project!

This year’s projectis funded by the following:

Muskegon Civic Theater in Partnership with No More Sidelines

The 2019 project will be Peter Pan, Jr.

October 12 &13 2019 

The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 12 to 24 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 an audience and watching their children perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.

Interested in being a Penguin?

Take a look at our information packet.  Please, print yourself a copy and complete the included forms.  Forms need to be turned in during the first week of rehearsals.  

Rehearsals will generally be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Hub @ 640 Seminole Rd. Norton Shores, unless otherwise specified. Rehearsals start promptly at 5:30 pm, again unless otherwise specified. Please arrive 10 minutes  early so your child is “ready to go” when rehearsal begins.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Monday, June 17 5:30 – 7pm

Penguin Project Mentor Meeting

The Folkert Community Hub

 

Tuesday,  June 18 5:30 – 6:45pm

Peter Pan, Jr FIRST Rehearsal

The Folkert Community Hub

 

Monday, June 24 5:30 – 6:45pm

Penguin Project Mentor Boot Camp

The Folkert Community Hub

 An expanded schedule of rehearsals and event dates can be found in the above information packet or by clicking the calendar link at the top of the page.

Question?  Contact us at penguinproject@muskegoncivictheatre.org

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