Penguin Project presents Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 11:39 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – CCT Penguin Project will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Sept. 26-29 at Sycamore High School.

Established locally four years ago, Penguin Project provides children and young adults who have disabilities the opportunity to perform in Broadway-style musical productions. Those individuals, known as artists, are cast in all of the roles, and each is assisted by a peer mentor. Each artist-mentor pair works side-by-side through a four-month rehearsal process. Both learn all of the songs, dances and blocking, but come show time, the artist steps into the spotlight, while their mentor stands nearby, ready to help as needed.

This year, the Penguins will present “The Little Mermaid,” based upon the 1989 Disney animated retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. It is the story of a young mermaid, Ariel, who is fascinated by all things human. Defying her father, King Triton, she falls in love with a human, Prince Eric. She trades her beautiful singing voice to the Sea Witch, Ursula, for a chance to become human and win his love. Along the way she is assisted by her music teacher, Sebastian, her friend Flounder, and a confused seagull, Scuttle.

The show features many of the signature songs that helped make the movie one of the most popular in Disney history, including, “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World” and “Kiss the Girl.”

Tickets for the show are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased by visiting the Sycamore High School box office between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; by phone at 815-899-8160 ext. 2173; or online at cctonstage.com. Tickets are also available at the door one hour before the performance.

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