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Oakridge Students take to the BIG stage in Aladdin, Jr.

Over the last 4 months, Ms. Prince (OLE Teacher) has worked as the music director for MCT’s Penguin Project production of Aladdin, Jr.

Per the Penguin Project website: 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.  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.  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.

“The past four months have been a pleasure, and I was able to work with some awesome Oakridge students at the same time,” said Ms. Prince. Oakridge Public Schools has an artist, Ali Pummel-Stone and 3 mentors: Jenna Stovall, Keeley DeLora, and Chloe McLouth.

Please consider attending the performance this Saturday at 7:30 pm or Sunday at 3 pm. Tickets are only $10 and available through Star Tickets Plus.

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