Registration is now open for Northern Starz Penguin Project production of Annie Jr.
Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters across the country. A group of artists, ages 10-22, take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical in a program called The Penguin Project. These productions are unique, however, because all the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of “peer mentors”—children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance.
Northern Starz is proud to be the first Minnesota theatre as a replication site for Penguin Project.
There is a community meeting for all actors, artists, mentors and volunteers on March 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. Rehearsals for the show begin on April 11, 2018. The production will take place August 2-5, 2018.
The program costs $50. The cost includes head shots, buddy shots, a cast photo and DVD. Please contact Northern Starz with any financial need questions.
Participate in the show
You can participate in this production in three different ways:
Annie Jr. Penguin Actors
For our first Penguin Project show we will be performing Annie Jr. No experience necessary.
Annie Jr: Mentors
Are you interested in mentoring one of the Penguin Actors?
Annie Jr: Volunteers
Are you interested in volunteering and being part of this great show?
About The Show
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
For More Information
Northern Starz would like to thank the Minnesota Arts Boards and the Minnesota Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment for awarding them a grant to help make the Penguin Project happen. They also want to thank AccuKare for their sponsorship of the program.