Empowering Children With Special Needs Through Theatre

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The Project

The Penguin Project is a unique theatre experience that provides individuals with special needs the opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Cast members will have the opportunity to experience the process of putting on a show: auditioning, rehearsing, and finally taking to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. Cast members will be joined on stage by peer mentors who will work alongside them during the entire show process.


The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10-21 with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, genetic disorders and neurological disorders.

Peer Mentors

The Penguin Project utilizes a peer mentor system, linking each cast member with an age-level peer who has theatre experience. The peer mentors work alongside their partners, assisting them through the entire production process. Peer mentors should be ages 13-21.

2019 Production

The Penguin Project of the Sauk Valley, in partnership with Woodlawn Arts Academy & area Kiwanis clubs, proudly presents Annie Jr.

November 15 through 17, 2019

James A. Wiltz Auditorium, Dixon High School
300 Lincoln Statue Dr.
Dixon, IL 61021



May 27-July 5

BE IN THE SHOW! IT’S FREE! Click to register as a participant or peer mentor.



August 5–November 7

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-6:30pm 
Northside Baptist Church Gym
598 River Lane, Dixon

Tech Week

November 11-14

Monday-Thursday, 5-6:30pm
Dixon High School
300 Lincoln Statue Drive, Dixon


More Information

To learn more about The Penguin Project, visit our national site.

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