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Open registration for the 2018-2019 Peoria area Penguin Project production of “Hairspray” is available. Please send your request for a registration LINK to peoriapenguinproject@gmail.com and include in the subject line if you are requesting a link for an Artist or for a Mentor.

Our informational meeting will be Thursday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fondulac Park District Building. You must request AND fill out a link before the meeting in order to attend. You also need to 1) print 2) fill out 3) have signatures and 4) bring the forms that will be sent to you when requesting a link.

We are looking forward to seeing many returning families & meeting many new families!
Come join us Artists & Mentors!

The Penguin Project – Peoria

Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria, Illinois. A group of children in a program called The Penguin Project® take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical.

This production is unique, however, because all of the roles are filled 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 their “peer mentors”, a group of children the same age without disabilities, who have volunteered to work with them side-by-side and guide them through 4 months of rehearsals and the final production.

By creating unrestricted access to the performing arts, The Penguin Project® demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences.

“Our penguins may not be able to fly, but that does not prevent their spirits from soaring.”