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Tickets for Penguin Project production on sale

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

Tickets for the CCT Penguin Project production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” are now on sale. The show will be presented Sept. 26 through 29 at Sycamore High School.

Established locally four years ago, Penguin Project provides children and young adults who have disabilties the opportunity to perform in Broadway-style musical productions. Those individuals, known as artists, are cast in all of the roles, and each is assisted by a peer mentor. Each artist-mentor pair works side-by-side through a four-month rehearsal process to prepare for the show. Both learn all of the songs, dances and blocking, but come show time, the artist steps into the spotlight, with their mentor standing by, ready to help as needed.

This year, the Penguins will present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” based upon the 1989 animated retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. It is the story of a young mermaid, Ariel, who is fascinated by all things human and, defying her father, King Triton, falls in love with Prince Eric. She trades her beautiful singing voice to the Sea Witch, Ursula, for a chance to become human and win his love. Along the way she is assisted by her music teacher, Sebastian her friend Flounder, and a confused seagull, Scuttle, who help her overcome Ursula’s attempts to cheat true love.

The show features many of the signature songs that helped make that movie one of the most popular in Disney history including, “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.”

Tickets for the show cost $10 for adults and $5 for students (through college). They can be purchased three ways: By visiting the Sycamore High School Box Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4:30 and 7 p.m.; by calling 815-899-8160, ext. 2173; or online at www.CCTonstage.com. Tickets also are available one hour before the performance.

Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the Sunday matinee are already scarce. The Friday evening performance includes sign language interpretation, if you wish to sit in that area, please purchase tickets by phone for preferred seating.

For more information, visit www.CCTOnstage.com, or follow the show on CCT Penguin Project on Facebook.

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