The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Once a year, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit unfolds at numerous theaters across the country. A group of children in a program called The Penguin Project take to the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical. This year it will be Beauty and the Beast Jr.
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.
Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Penguin Project)
Performing July 28, 29 & 30 at 7:00 pm