Penguin Project: Information

The Penguin Project productions are performed by children with special needs (Artists) in partnership with peer Mentors.

Registration Meetings are 6:30-7:30 p.m. January 28th and 30th, 2020 and are open to students ages 10 years to 22 years old. Potential Artists and Mentors must be at least 10 years old or still be 22 years old by the first rehearsal on February 4, 2020. Due to the high level of interest, the age limits do not allow for exceptions.

Interested Artists and Mentors should be aware of the expectations regarding time commitment to producing this production. 

Rehearsal schedule starts with two days a week (Tuesday, Thursday) from February 4 through April 9. Starting April 13, Wednesdays are added and May 4, Mondays are added. Rehearsals (until Tech) are 6:30-7:45 p.m. Tech Sunday is 12-5 p.m. May 31. Dress rehearsals are 6-9 p.m. June 1-3.

LCP regularly works around conflicts until the No Conflict Zone starting May 18, 2020. After this, added conflicts are no longer accepted (except in cases of emergency, illness). 

Attending all dress rehearsals and performances is a basic expectation of theatre participation and therefore, no conflicts during that time will be accommodated (except in cases of emergency, illness). 

While Penguin Project has happily grown in the last seven years, LCP must cap the size of the company at 33 Artists and 33 Mentors. LCP is committed to maintaining a quality experience and a safe environment for Penguins and will not be able to have every interested child in the program.

The Directing Team takes into careful consideration many factors including, but not limited to, schedules, ages, engagement with others and demonstration of enthusiasm for the rehearsal and performance process. The Directors reserve the right to recast if conflicts are added after the deadline. Please weigh carefully whether or not you’re willing to make the time commitment needed for this production, as it could potentially deny someone else a spot in the company.


The Penguin Project was implemented at LCP in 2014 from Peoria, Illinois. Willy Wonka JR marks LCP’s seventh Penguin Project production. Past productions include Annie JR., Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR., Disney’s High School Musical JR., The Music Man JR., and most recently, The Wizard of Oz: Young Performer’s Edition.

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