The Penguin Project

The Penguin Project

Empowering Children With Special Needs Through Theatre

Established in 2004, The Penguin Project has evolved into a National program, with Chapter sites throughout the United States. The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents and perform in a modified Broadway musical.  It has also demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.

The project is designed to immerse people with special needs and their families into a safe, supportive, and inclusive theatre environment. Peer mentors and audience members gain skills, empathy, and knowledge in interactions with all members of our community, breaking down stigma, discomfort, and fear. Children and young adults with special needs have the opportunity to learn about theatre and to showcase their talents, but they also become teachers and friends to all of those around them. The process creates a supportive, inclusive “comfort zone” where we learn about one another and create a special family that extends well beyond the stage.

Opelika Community Theatre will be producing Annie Jr. as part of The Penguin Project on March 7-10, 2024. Please register your special needs artist or mentor below.

Register online using the e-form below, or you may download and print copies of each form and mail to

Opelika Community Theatre, c/o Marty Moore, 2144 Hamilton Place North, Opelika, AL 36801

Copy of Artist Forms Paper PP
Copy of Mentor Forms Paper PP