Penguin Project FAQ

Who can be in The Penguin Project’s production?

Children between the ages of 8 and 21 can participate in a Penguin Project show. There are many opportunities for all children, with and without special needs.

Will there be auditions?

There will not be traditional auditions. Children will simply start coming to rehearsals to work on ensemble parts of the show. After about a month of rehearsals, casting will be determined by the director and his/her directing team based on general information gleaned during this time.

Will the parents be able to stay during rehearsal?

Yes, parents are allowed to stay during rehearsal. However, once rehearsal starts, the parents are not allowed to cross a designated line between them and where the artists/mentors are working. We also ask that if you stay to watch a rehearsal, parents or family members remain quiet so as not to disturb the rehearsal.

What if our child has trouble speaking, singing, hearing or moving?

Not a problem! We still want them to be able to participate as much as possible!

Do you have any opportunities for parents to help?

Absolutely! We will need parents to help coordinate snacks during rehearsals, carpooling, help us with set, props and other aspects of production. If you are interested in helping out with production, please call us at 715-842-4416 or email us at

What is the difference between artists and mentors?

“Artists” are the children with special needs. They fill all the roles in the show and have all the lines. “Mentors” are the children without special needs. They are paired with the artists and are in charge of guiding them through their roles. The mentors will be with their artist at all times, both on and off stage, and will be responsible for learning the part of their artist in its entirety.

When and where will rehearsals be held?

This varies year to year. Our 2017 rehearsals will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant St, Wausau, WI 54403. Rehearsals will be held 2-4 times a week from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM. They will not go longer than 1 hour and 15 minutes. The number of rehearsals your child will need to attend each week will depend on which part they play.

Are there limitations on the severity of the disability?

No, the severity of the disability is not relevant. We welcome any and all children. One thing that we do stress is behavior. We cannot have anyone who is a danger to themselves or to others.

What role do the parents play?

Parents will be responsible for getting their child to and from rehearsal. Parents will also play a key role in helping their child learn their lines and songs. This is a very important part of the process that cannot be overlooked. Parents should be aware that they too are making a commitment to the program if their child is involved. Parents of Artists and Mentors will also be asked to help with set design/building, costumes, hair/makeup, stage crew, etc.

How do we sign up?

It’s easy! You can go to our contact us page and send us a message saying that you want to join The Penguin Project of CWCT! You can also sign up by clicking this link: We will take note of your contact information and make sure that you get all the information about meetings and rehearsals! Be sure to like our Facebook page too to keep up with important updates and also to subscribe to our bimonthly newsletter!