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Penguin Project 2014 kick off meetings scheduled

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:40 a.m. CDT

Children's Community Theatre's Penguin Project will kick off its 2014 production of "Aladdin" with organizational meetings April 13 and 14.

The Penguin Project provides children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to take center stage in a Broadway-style musical. Those individuals, our Artists, are paired with peer Mentors who assist them throughout the production. Together, they work side-by-side through a four-month rehearsal process learning all of the songs, dances and lines for the show. When show time arrives, the duos appear side-by-side on the stage, with Artists taking the spotlight while Mentors supporting them as needed.

All participants, both artists and mentors, must be age 10 by May 1, and no older than age 22, by the show dates in September.

This year’s production of "Aladdin Jr.," will be staged Sept. 25 through 28 at DeKalb High School. This cast will be comprised of 30-35 artists and the same number of mentors.

Families interested in participating are invited to attend one of the two informational meetings – 3 p.m. April 13 or 7 p.m. April 14 at the First United Methodist Church, 321 Oak St., DeKalb. The meeting will include background on the Penguin Project, an overview of the production schedule, a review of Penguin Project policies and other information. Rehearsals for the show will begin in May and rehearsals will continue throughout the summer.

For more information, visit www.CCTonstage.com and click on the Penguin Project link or call Joe King at 815-893-9447.

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