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‘Little Mermaid’ next for Penguin Project

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Children’s Community Theatre’s Penguin Project has selected Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Junior” for its fall 2013 production.

Organizational meetings for those interested in participating in the group’s September show will be held 5:30 p.m. April 21 and 6:30 p.m. April 22, at the First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb.

The Penguin Project provides children and young adults, ages 10 to 22, with developmental disabilities the opportunity to take center stage in a Broadway-style musical production, filling all roles from leads to ensemble. Those participants, known as artists, have disabilities including, but not limited to, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and other neurological disorders, work side-by-side, in rehearsal and during shows, with mentors of similar age who will assist the artist in learning songs, memorizing lines, perfecting dance routines and other aspects of the show. Neither artists nor mentors need acting experience to participate.

The organizational meetings will provide background on the Penguin Project, an overview of the production schedule, a review of Penguin Project policies and other information. Interested families need attend only one meeting.

Rehearsals for the show will begin in May with once-weekly meetings, slowly increasing in frequency to three or four a week as the September show dates approach. The show will be presented at Sycamore High School, Sept. 26 to 29.

“We are very excited for our fourth year of Penguin Project,” Joe King, coordinator of the program for CCT, said in a news release. “We are always amazed by the tremendous learning and growth we see in our entire cast, and gratified by the friendships we see develop in the process. We look forward to more of the same this year.”

For more information visit www.CCTonstage.com and click on the Penguin Project link or call Joe King at 815-893-9447.

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