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The Penguin Project: Giving kids with special needs a chance to shine on stage

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The Penguin Project® provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the theatre arts. Every year this magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds as these children perform a well-known musical. Now in our seventh year, Clark Youth Theatre brings this wonderful production back to the Tulsa community and is thrilled to offer a first year production for Broken Arrow Public Schools at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.

For its inaugural Broken Arrow production, Clark Youth Theatre will perform Seussical Kids, with songs by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. Performances are scheduled for Jan. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and on Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.  All performances will be held at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.


Participants

Young Artists with Disabilities

Clark Youth Theatre is seeking young artists ages 8-22 for The Penguin Project®. The program includes children with cognitive, learning, motor, hearing and visual impairments; genetic disorders; and neurological conditions. There are no restrictions based on the level of cognitive ability, restriction of mobility, or lack of communication skills. There is no cost to participate. Here is our BA artist (Penguin) link:  https://www.hisawyer.com/clark-youth-theatre/schedules/activity-set/263272

Peer Mentors

Clark Youth Theatre is seeking volunteers interested in participating in The Penguin Project® as mentors. 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 through the entire rehearsal process and onstage. They are onstage during the production, costumed to match or compliment their partners. There is no cost to participate. Here is our BA mentor link:  https://www.hisawyer.com/clark-youth-theatre/schedules/activity-set/263273

Community Partners

The Broken Arrow PAC, BAPS and Clark Youth Theatre have partnered to make this year’s event special, but we need additional support to continue to bring this project to our community for years to come! Please contact Kim Vento at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 918-259-5723, for more information about becoming a BAPS Penguin Project sponsor.

FAQ:

Is there a fee to participate in the Penguin Project?

  • No. Participation is free for both Artists and Mentors.

When do rehearsals start?

  • Rehearsals for everyone began on Monday, Oct. 4 at Kirkland Theatre, 808 E College at 6:00 pm. (Rehearsal calendar.)
  • Rehearsals will be one hour and fifteen minutes long. We will spend the first 5-10 minutes doing warm up dances, then move on to learning songs and dances for the show! We always close with "Don't Stop Believin'" and the Penguin cheer!