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Submitted by Heather Heath

The Golden Isles Penguin Project, a musical theatre production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles, will hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, the sponsoring organization, is encouraging all potential artists (young people ages 10 to 22 with a disability), mentors (young people ages 12 to 22) and their parents and anyone interested in volunteering to attend to learn how they can be a part of “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.”

At the meeting, participants will get to meet the production team, learn a fun dance, and hear more about the upcoming show, rehearsal schedules and more. The Penguin Project is open to any individual age 10 to 22 with a physical or developmental disability. The Penguin Project also 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 and on stage.

The Golden Isles Penguin Project was launched last year and its first production, “Annie Jr.,” which took place in June 2017 was wonderfully successful. Twenty-one artists and 22 mentors performed to sold out audiences. Founded by Dr. Andrew Morgan, a developmental pediatrician in Peoria, Illinois, The Penguin Project strives to demonstrate that individuals with special needs are fully capable of participating in community activities with the same dedication and enthusiasm as others, if given opportunity and support.

Those who would like information prior to the meeting or for those interested but cannot attend the meeting, contact Golden Isles Arts & Humanities at 912.262.6934 or email penguinprojectgi@gmail .com or info@goldenislesarts.org.