Penguin Project Opens Friday, June 6th

June 5, 2014 – The Penguin Project of McLean County presents the “Little Mermaid, Jr.” on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the University High School Stroud Auditorium, 500 Gregory St., Normal.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and are available at the door or at Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

The Penguin Project of McLean County is a theatrical troupe of children who perform a junior version of a well-known Broadway musical.  This production is unique because all of the roles are performed by children with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders.  They are joined on stage by mentors, a group of their peers without disabilities, who volunteer to work alongside them and guide them through the production process.

Penguins are unique:  they are extremely playful and curious, and they work together.  More importantly, they have a “disability” that
distinguishes them from other birds – they cannot fly!  Instead, penguins waddle and toboggan on their bellies over the snow, and are
excellent swimmers.  So, like the participants in the program, they have adapted to the challenges of their environment and have not allowed their unique differences to interfere with their lives.

Join us for the “Little Mermaid Jr.” and enjoy a night of theatre with our Penguins.

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