The highlight of the fall theater season will feature the Penguin Project’s newest production, “Hairspray Jr.”. The Penguin Project, established in 2004, provides young artists with developmental disabilities including down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and other neurological disorders to take the stage joined by a dedicated group of “peer mentors” – people of 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.
The DeKalb area Penguin Project is an amazing experience for the artists and actors with disabilities and mentors – their supporters without disabilities. The cast of nearly 60, from across the DeKalb County area has been working tirelessly since May on this year’s production of “Hairspray Jr.”
Hairspray continues to be one of the most widely produced musicals today. Not only because of its wit and charm but also because of the beautiful message of acceptance and progress that it portrays. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin or size and fight for every human being’s equal rights. Tracy, who has a passion for dance and bouffant hairstyles, is something of a social outcast among her classmates because of her chubbiness. Her best friend Penny Pingleton shares Tracy’s obsession with the after-school dance program The Corny Collins Show, which features a group of teenage dancers known as the Council Kids and is sponsored by Ultra-Clutch brand hairspray.
This production will be held