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La Crosse Community Theatre’s “Penguin Project” to cast kids with disabilities

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The La Crosse Community Theatre is joining a nationwide program to help special needs children take part in stage productions. 

The Penguin Project assists children with disabilities, by matching them with other young people without specific needs.

LCT producing artistic director Grant Golson said each young actor will be paired with a mentor, who learns the play along with the performer and could substitute for the actor on short notice.  

A children’s production of the musical Annie in October will be the first Penguin Project show in La Crosse. 

Meetings to explain the project are happening at 5 p.m. Monday and at 7 p.m. June 11 at the Weber Center downtown. 

Theatre groups in more than a dozen states have adopted the Penguin Project.

LCT is following the example of its former director, Morrie Enders, who puts on Penguin Project shows at a community theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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