Empowering children with special needs through theatre.

What is The Penguin Project?

The Penguin Project was created by Dr. Andrew Morgan and provides children with special needs an opportunity to develop creative skills, build relationships, and participate in a fully realized musical production.

The Penguins (Artists), who are children with special needs, will take the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. Rather than auditions, a screening process based on interest, general abilities, and communications skills will be used to select the cast. All artists will sing, dance, and act in the show. The Artists will have on-stage assistance from their Mentor.

Who can participate?

ARTISTS: children and young adults ages 8 to 21 with special needs, including (but not limited to) cognitive, learning, motor, visual, and hearing impairments, genetic disorders, and neurological disorders.

MENTORS: children and young adults ages 8 to 21 who do not have special needs. They will be matched as closely as possible with an Artist of similar age and interests, and the two will work side-by-side through the entire rehearsal and performance process. Mentors are responsible for knowing their partner’s lines, songs, and blocking. Mentors are on-stage during the production, and they are costumed to match or complement their partner.

What is the cost?

The program is made possible through the support of our community partners and is free for all participants.

What is the rehearsal schedule?

Rehearsals will vary for each Artist and Mentor, but they will be 75 minutes, two days a week and gradually increase to four days a week by mid-May. Participation is not contingent upon conflicts during the rehearsal process. Availability will be considered when creating the full, detailed rehearsal schedule.

2022 Important Dates

  • Informational Meetings: March 14, 2022 at 5 pm & March 23, 2022 at 5 pm
  • First Rehearsal: March 28, 2022 at 5 pm
  • Mentor Boot Camp: March 30, 2022 at 5 pm
  • Performances: July 9, 2022 at 11am and 2 pm

Contact Information

Alex Attardo | [email protected] | 608-615-1557

The Penguin Project Foundation

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