Muskegon Civic Theatre is the first Penguin Project site in the state of Michigan. On September 12th and 13th the Artist and Mentors involved with the Penguin Project of Muskegon Civic Theatre will take the stage to perform The Wizard of Oz - Young Performer's Edition at the Frauenthal Center located in Muskegon, MI.
The production costs to cover such a memorable event is quite costly approximately $350 per participant. Any amount is appreciated to help our Penguins soar. For every 10 students sponsored we will announce a show in our 2020-2021 Season lineup!
The Penguin Project was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to give individuals with special needs an opportunity to participate in the performing arts. He created The Penguin Project recognizing that theatre not only provides individuals with a valuable recreational experience and an opportunity to display their creative talents, but also enhances social interaction, communication skills, assertiveness, and self-esteem. The Penguin Project utilizes a "peer mentor" system, linking each young artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability. The peer mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process on stage. They are on the stage with their partners in the same or complimentary costumes throughout the entire show. Among the many benefits is the impact on the parents. For the first time, many of them have experienced the joy of sitting in an audience and watching their child perform and succeed in ways they never thought possible.