Penguin Project

What is The Penguin Project of CWCT?
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The Penguin Project of CWCT is an incredibly unique program and the first of its kind in Wisconsin. The Penguin Project is a program that makes community theatre accessible to children with special needs. Children with neurological disorders such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities, hearing/visual impairment, etc., join their peers (children the same age without special needs) on stage and produce a full scale musical. Involvement in the program enhances social interaction, strengthens communication skills and boosts self-confidence. It also gives the children an opportunity to create lasting relationships as theatre promotes a feeling of friendship and family for all involved.


Goals of The Penguin Project

1) To provide an opportunity for children with special needs to develop creative skills related to the theater arts

2) To provide an opportunity for children with special needs to participate in a community theater experience

3) To facilitate interaction between children with special needs and their age-level peers through joint participation in a community theater experience

4) To facilitate an appreciation of the challenges faced by children with special needs and their families

5) To identify the impact of a community theater experience on the communication skills, socialization, and self confidence/self esteem of children with special needs

6) To facilitate interaction among medical, developmental, educational, and theater professionals through participation in a common community project

7) To provide a forum for support and interaction for families of children with special needs


For more information about this program, please visit our FAQ page or contact us with any questions of your own! You can also get more information from our Facebook page, The Penguin Project of CWCT. This program has opportunities for children both with and without special needs. If your child wants to be a part of this program, please call us at 715-842-4416 or email us at

Penguin Project – Informational Video

Our Mission: Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre (CWCT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to producing live theatre, performance and educational opportunities for the benefit of children, youth, families and communities. CWCT provides a positive environment for social, educational, physical and emotional development through the art of quality theatre.