Since 2010, CCT’s Penguin Project has given children and adults between the ages of 10-22 with disabilities the opportunity to step to center stage and shine in Broadway-style musical productions.
At the heart of the program is a partnership between those individuals (our Artists) and peer mentors, who spend months working side-by-side with our artists to learn songs, dance, dialogue and more. When the curtain goes up, the artists step into the spotlight and shine, confident in the knowledge that their mentor is there to assist them.
Throughout the process, our artist have gained confidence and poise and developed talents that many people never imagined they had. Our mentors have also benefitted by developing leadership skills and learning to see others for their abilities rather than their disabilities.
Our program begain in 2009 with a production of Annie, followed by Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
In 2014, CCT launched a new chapter in the Penguin Project history, creating the Penguin Players, a group devoted to providing a Penguin Project experience for adults with disabilities. The program is run in collaboration with Northern Illinois University, drawing upon the talents of students studying special education, music education and dance.
Penguin Project organizational meetings are typically held every April, with rehearsals running from May into September. Penguin Players stages two shows a year, one running form September through December, another from January through April.
For more information on any of CCT’s Penguin Project offerings please drop us a line a CCTPenguins@Gmail.com.