Penguin Project at Northern Starz On TV

See how the Penguin Project came to life at Northern Starz during the summer of 2018! 

About The Penguin Project at Northern Starz

About the Penguin Project

Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters across the country. 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.  These productions are unique, however, because all the roles are filled by young artists 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 a dedicated group of “peer mentors” – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance. 


See the TV story about our first annual penguin project:


https://youtu.be/pakzDutVmF0

Northern Starz is proud to be the first Minnesota theatre as a replication site for Penguin Project.

If you have questions please contact Michelle.Sharon@northernstarz.org.

We want to thank the Minnesota Arts Boards and the Minnesota Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment for awarding Northern Starz a grant to help make the Penguin Project happen. We also want to thank AccuKare for their sponsorship of the program. 

About The Penguin Project

2017 NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS FINALIST

Northern Starz is so proud to be part of the Penguins Project in 2018. The Penguins Project, headquartered in Illinois, was just named a finalist for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. For more information check out the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program website. You can also learn more about the Northern Starz Penguin Project plan for 2018 under our upcoming shows.

Penguin Project National Program

Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters across the country. 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.  These productions are unique, however, because all the roles are filled by young artists 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 a dedicated group of “peer mentors” – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance.

Goals

  • Provide an opportunity for children with special needs to develop creative skills related to the theater arts
  • Provide an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a community theater experience
  • Facilitate interaction between children with special needs and their age-level peers through joint participation in a community theater experience
  • Facilitate an appreciation of the challenges faced by children with special needs and their families
  • Identify the impact of a community theater experience on the communication skills, socialization, and self-esteem of children with special needs
  • Facilitate interaction among medical, developmental, educational, and theater professionals through participation in a common community project
  • Provide a forum for support and interaction for families of children with special needs

Our Grant and Sponsorship Partners

Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment

Minnesota State Arts Board

Accukare Inc.