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Penguin Project organizational meetings set

Published: Saturday, April 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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

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

The Penguin Project provides children and young adults, ages 10-22, 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 through 29.

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

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