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Penguin Project needs mentors, volunteers

The Penguin Project of the Quad Cities is back for a second season with the show "Beauty and the Beast Jr.," which will be performed for two weekends, Feb. 23, 24, 25 and March 2, 3, and 4.

The show is a collaboration between Augustana College and the Center for Living Arts in Rock Island.

Established in 2004, The Penguin Project has evolved into a national program. Its goal is to provide an opportunity for children with special needs to develop creative skills related to the theatre arts.

Roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities. They are joined on stage by a peer mentors who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through rehearsals and the final performances. 

Augustana will produce "Beauty and the Beast Jr." and stage it at the Brunner Theatre Center. The cast and mentors will rehearse at the Center for Living Arts from November-March. Rehearsals are 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 10-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

Volunteer positions

Peer mentors: Peer mentors work one on one with the "penguins" throughout the rehearsal and performance process. Those interested in being a peer mentor should attend one of the organizational meetings at The Center For Living Arts, 2008 4th Ave., Rock Island. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. Oct. 21.

Peer mentor supervisors:  These Augustana students will provide extra supervision and support during the time that participants are in the Brunner Theatre Center. Must be available Feb. 12-March 4.

Tech crew: These Augustana students will serve as light and sound board operators, costume crew, and run crew. Must be available Feb. 12-March 4.

Front of house staff/drivers: These Augustana students will greet and seat guests, drive the golf "Cart to the Art", and/or sell snacks and merchandise during the shows. Must be available for all shows.

To sign up, fill out the Google form

Contact:

Christina Myatt, 309-794-7611

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