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"Our Penguins may not be able to fly 

but that doesn't keep their spirits from soaring!"

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What is The Penguin Project?

The Penguin Project is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All will sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers (Mentors).

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 The Penguin Project® was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan, a developmental pediatrician, to give children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. He created The Penguin Project® recognizing that theater 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.  

In 2017, we launched the Golden Isles Penguin Project with 21 Artists and 24 Mentors who performed to sold out audiences in Annie, Jr.

  The Penguin Project demonstrates that individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiam as others, if give the opportunity and support.

For more information about the original Penguin Project visit www.penguinproject.org. To become a participant or volunteer for the Golden Isles Penguin Project, contact us at info@goldenislesarts.org or call 912.262.6934.

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Participants: Young Artists with Disabilities

The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10 to 23 with a disability. This includes (but is not limited to) Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and neurological disorders.

                                             

Peer Mentors

The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artists with an age level peer who does not have a disablitiy. The peer-mentors work side by side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage. 

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What show are you doing?

Disney's PETER PAN, JR.

 

When is the production?

June 14-17, 2018. Rehearsals will begin in January 2018 and be once a week. Rehearsals increase in frequency as the show approaches.

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The Golden Isles Penguin Project will kick off with an organizational meeting on October 10, 2017 at 6:30pm, at the Historic Ritz Theatre.

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is coordinating the project. We have a team of theatre professionals and special education professionals to ensure that this is a fun, safe and memorable experience for everyone involved. For more information or to get involved please contact us at artsed@goldenislesarts.org or call 912.262.6934.

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How do I sign up or get more information? 

Complete the appropriate information form and return to us by mail – 1530 Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. Or email us at info@goldenislesarts.org or call 912.262.6934.

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The Golden Isles Penguin Project is supported in part by the following sponsors:

 

The Rotary Club of

St Simons Island

     

 If you would like to help support the Golden Isles Penguin Project, click here or email executivedirector@goldenislearts.org