For new producing artistic director Jackie McCall ’98, the magic of live theatre is the artist-audience connection.
Penguin Project's 2020 show: 'Lion King Jr.'
The Penguin Project of the Quad Cities, Augustana's chapter of the national organization, gives children with special needs a chance to develop creative skills in the theatre arts.
Established in 2004, the Penguin Project is a national program with chapters across the U.S. In the Quad Cities, the chapter rehearses at the Center for Living Arts in Rock Island, and performances are at the Brunner Theatre Center at Augustana.
Roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities. They are joined on stage by a peer mentors who have volunteered to work side by side with them through months of rehearsals and the final performances. Augustana students help out behind the scenes to ensure each production's success.
The show for 2020 will be "Lion King Jr." Jan. 24 - Feb. 2.
Penguin Project productions have sold out three years in a row and 2020 is no exception. However, a simulcast of the Jan. 25 and 26 shows will be available across the street from the theatre in Centennial Hall. Tickets for the simulcast are $5 at the door or online.
For more information or to get a child involved as a Penguin or peer mentor, contact Jeff Coussens, executive director, Penguin Project of the Quad Cities.