The South Arkansas Arts Center Penguin Project production of "Seussical KIDS” will be October 4-5.

The South Arkansas Arts Center announces its upcoming Penguin Project production of "Seussical KIDS.”

The play has a projected production date of October 4 and 5.

The Penguin Project is a unique opportunity for children with special needs to perform in a live stage production in front of an audience. Through targeted outreach, special needs children are recruited as artists and cast in the production, from starring roles to ensemble.

Each special-needs artist is paired with a mentor of similar age, who guides them through the production from start to finish, helping them learn lines, dances, songs, and blocking. The children operate as a pair throughout the entire process and appear on stage together, resulting in a full theatrical performance, with costumes, sets, and music.

The production dates may seem far away at this point, but SAAC encourages artists and mentors to sign up now.

The directors are looking for mentors ages 12-18, and artists ages 8-18.

By providing access to community theater, The Penguin Project demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability should not handicap a child's ability to participate in life's experiences.

Some fun summer get-togethers are in the works for the artists and mentors so they can hang out and get to know each other better. The Penguin Project Summer Fun Fest will consist of some time together at SAAC, as well as family-based outings around town. Movies and Splash Pad visits are part of the fun.

Rehearsals for the project begin August 15 and 17 for mentors and August 20 for artists.

Rehearsals will meet twice a week from 3:45-5:30 at SAAC on Tuesday and Thursday and concludes seven weeks later with the production.

For more information about the Penguin Project, call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474.

SAAC is located at 110 East Main Street, El Dorado.

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