Penguin Project: Aladdin Jr.

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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.  This year it will be Alladin Jr


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.

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

Registration is now open for Penguins, Mentors and Volunteers.

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.

Aladdin Jr: Penguins Actors

Part of the Penguin Project with Performers with Special Needs.

  • Registration Deadline: March 29th
  • Parent Meeting: March 31st
  • Show Dates: August 1st-4th

Penguins (Actors) Registration

Aladdin Jr: Mentors

Are you interested in mentoring one of the Penguin Actors?

Mentor Registration

Aladdin Jr: Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering and being part of this great show?

Volunteer Registration Coming Soon

About The Show

Disney’s Aladdin JR. is based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within.


The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for your young performers!

Tickets on Sale Soon

Aladdin Jr Penguin Project Calendar

Attached is the detailed calendar of rehearsal dates for Penguin Project.

About The Penguin Project

2017 NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES YOUTH PROGRAM AWARDS FINALIST

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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

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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.

Find out more

Goals

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  • 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

Penguin Project Flyer

Files coming soon.

Our Grant and Sponsorship Partners

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Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment

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Minnesota State Arts Board