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The Penguin Project

Youth Program

Muskegon Civic Theatre is the first Penguin Project site in the state of Michigan. On September 10th and 11th, the Artist and Mentors involved with the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre will take the stage to perform Seussical, Jr. at the Frauenthal Center located in Muskegon, MI.

Two informational meetings will be held in June 2022.  Anyone interested in participating must attend an informational meeting.  We will only accept 30 Artists this year.  To be considered, the Artist and family must attend one (1) informational meeting, and turn in required paperwork.  Behavior needs and concerns will be taken into consideration.  Due dates to be announced.

The production costs to cover such a memorable event is quite costly approximately $350 per participant. Any amount is appreciated to help our Penguins soar. 

Yard Signs Available

Show your support of the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre with one of our yard signs!

The Penguin ProjectWhat is The Penguin Project?

The Penguin Project was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to give children with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. “Dr. Andy” is a developmental pediatrician and the former Head of the Division of Child Development at the University of Illinois in Peoria. He has also directed and performed in many community theatre productions. He created The Penguin Project recognizing that theatre 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. The Penguin Project strives to demonstrate that individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiasm as others, if given opportunity and support. The origin of the name “Penguin Project” comes from the unique characteristics of penguins. They are extremely playful and curious, and work well together. More importantly, they have a “disability” that distinguishes them from other birds – they can’t fly!! Instead penguins waddle and toboggan on their bellies over the snow, and are excellent swimmers in the water. So like our young artists, they have adapted to the challenges of their environment, and have not allowed their unique difference to interfere with their lives.

2021 Production, The Wizard of Oz, Young Performers Edition. Click images to view larger.

The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 12 to 24 with a developmental disability. There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restriction of mobility, or lack of communication skills, unless their behavior might endanger himself/herself or others.

The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability. The peer mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage. They are on stage with their partner in the same or complimentary costume throughout the entire show.

Among the many benefits is the special impact on the parents. For the first time, many of them have experienced the joy of sitting in an audience and watching their children perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.

This was our fourth year partnering with No More Sidelines on this project!

The 2021 project was funded by the following:

Muskegon Civic Theater in Partnership with No More Sidelines

The 2021 project was The Wizard of Oz, Jr.

The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 12 to 24 with a developmental disability. There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restriction of mobility, or lack of communication skills, unless their behavior might endanger himself/herself or others.

The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability. The peer mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage. They are on stage with their partner in the same or complimentary costume throughout the entire show.

Among the many benefits is the special impact on the parents. For the first time, many of them have experienced the joy of sitting in an audience and watching their children perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.

Interested in being a Mentor?

Take a look at our information packet.  Please, print yourself a copy and complete the included forms.  Forms can be turned in to the MCT office. 

*A COVID-19 vaccine IS NOT required to participate; however, if you are 16 or older and you are interested you can get a vaccine at the vaccination clinic at 1364 Terrace, Monday thru Friday- 8:30AM-4:30 pm starting now.

 

Rehearsals will generally be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Hub @ 640 Seminole Rd. Norton Shores, unless otherwise specified. Rehearsals start promptly at 5:30 pm, again unless otherwise specified. Please arrive 10 minutes early so your child is “ready to go” when rehearsal begins.

Upcoming Important Dates:

Information Meeting for Artists, Mentors, and Families

Saturday, June 11th @ 11:00 am OR Tuesday, June 14th @ 6:00pm 

Mentor Bootcamp 

Saturday, June 18th 10:00 – 2:00 (Mandatory for all participating Mentors) 

A COVID-19 vaccine IS NOT required to participate; however, if you are 16 or older and you are interested you can get a vaccine at the vaccination clinic at 1364 Terrace, Monday thru Friday- 8:30AM-4:30 pm.

Question?  Contact us at [email protected]

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