About Us

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 10-23 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 13-23.

More Information

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

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2021 Production

The Penguin Project of the Sauk Valley, in partnership with Woodlawn Arts Academy & area Kiwanis clubs, proudly presents School House Rocks jr.

November 12,th and 13th at 7 pm and the 14th at 2pm

Centennial Auditorium
1608 4th ave.
Sterling, IL 61081



        May 24-June 25  (Mentor signups are until July 5th)

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

Due to the CDC guidelines there will be a limited number of slots available,  We will have a waiting list for those interested in being a part of our show once slots are filled.  



August 3-Nov 4th

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

We will meet in person this year.  Masks must be worn at all times by Actors, Mentors, Staff and Parents.  Temperatures will be checked for anyone entering the building.

Tech Week

November 8th-11th 2021

Monday-Thursday, 5-6:30pm
Centennial High School
1608 4th Ave.  Sterling, IL 61081



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