Penguin Project ~ Mary Poppins Jr.
January 12 and 13 at 7:30pm
January 14 at 2:00pm
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in
1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a
nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination
of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each
other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable
adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones upon whom she has a
profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who
advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
ABOUT PENGUIN PROJECT
Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds
at Eastlight Theatre in East Peoria, Illinois. 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 production is unique,
however, because all of the roles are filled by children 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 their “peer
mentors”, a group of children the same age without disabilities, who have
volunteered to work with them side-by-side and guide them through 4 months
of rehearsals and the final production. By creating unrestricted access to
the performing arts, The Penguin Project® demonstrates that the special
challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to
participate in life’s experiences. For more information, please visit
OUR PAST SHOWS
2004 Annie Jr.
2006 Music Man
2007 Guys and Dolls Jr.
2008 Beauty and the Beast Jr.
High School Musical Jr.
2010 Fiddler on the Roof
2011 Disney's High School Musical Jr.
2012 Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.
2013 Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.
2014 Grease! School Edition
2015 Seusical Jr.
2016 Singin in the Rain Jr.
2017 Crazy for You Young Performers Edition
2018 Mary Poppins Jr.