Penguin Project in a 'Jamm'

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The Penguin Project Foundation will host the first annual PenguinJamm 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mackinaw Valley Vineyards.  

The event will benefit the Penguin Project, a central Illinois theater program for young people with disabilities.  The evening features a buffet, music by Jammsammich and dancing. 

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased in advance by calling 309-691-5315 or at the door.

The Penguin Project features a group of young people who take to the stage to perform a modified “junior” version of a well-known Broadway musical. These productions are unique, however, because all of the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities. They are joined on stage by their “peer mentors” – a group of children without disabilities who have volunteered to work with them side-by-side through the rehearsals and on stage.  The end result is a celebration of the ability of any child to succeed when given encouragement, support, and opportunity.

“By providing access to community theater, the Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability do not need to handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences.  We hope people will come out, enjoy the evening, and support the Penguin Project Foundation,” said Dr. Andy Morgan, Penguin Project director.

For more information, call 309-691-5315.