Paul and I had the privilege of attending this wonderful show yesterday with our son, daughter & family. We have been limited in our venturing out this year, so it was an extra special treat. Our granddaughter has served as a mentor in this program since it began five years ago. This is a nationwide program, but the only one in Minnesota at this time. It is designed to give children with special needs an opportunity to spread their wings and fly. The Penguin Project is designed to teach these special kids that they are capable of more than they think they can do. They can fly, unlike real penguins, when given the opportunity to do so. Each child is assigned a mentor to work with during the rehearsal process and they work hand in hand to accomplish that flight. Soar the do, as they reach for the stars and heights, they never dreamed possible.

The tale as old as time – a story of love, compassion, looking beyond the outer shell and into the heart was amazing. I can’t think of another word to describe it, because it truly was. Kids who might never have had a chance to experience an on-stage performance, were delightful to watch in costumes that matched all the splendor of the lighting and scenery. Dedicated staff continue to believe in this project and will for many years to come. Tears welled in my eyes as my heart overflowed with emotional response. Each of the mentors appeared onstage with their penguin. Most of them hid behind them or appeared to be part of the scenery, because they were simply there to assist if necessary. The relationships that develop from this program are awesome too. Friendships that will last forever. I am proud to say that being involved in the Penguin Project has stirred my granddaughter’s desire to go into special education.

I am so proud of this little theatre. It’s kind of like the mouse that roared. It is a non-profit organization. In its short existence, it has become a wonderful source for all ages (even old ones like me) to enjoy theatre, perform, volunteer, build community, learn, teach and be a part of the performing arts. We all need to spread our wings at some point in this lifetime. Thank you, Northern Starz Center for Performing Arts for making it possible for so many.

Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Leonardo da Vinci



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  1. tamweary says:

    I love this Kathy!
    My 26 year old son is autistic and something like this for adults would be ideal.

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    • says:

      I think the cutoff age is 23. There were a lot of autism kids involved and they seem to sparkle onstage. Not sure where you live, but there may be something like this for your son to participate in.

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  2. Myrna Migala says:

    Good to hear your husband seems to be doing A-Okay after his surgery.

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  3. Lifetime Chicago says:

    What a wonderful program!

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  4. Salvageable says:

    Great job! Congratulations for being part of this. J.

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  5. K.L. Hale says:

    “The mouse that roared!” Kathy, I had tears reading this and seeing the picture. My disabled niece (who’s very “abled” in so many ways) just returned from a camp dedicated to those with special needs. Last Fall my twin and I took her to see a live production of Cinderella. Oh, how I love the theater. I’m so PROUD of the Penguins who took flight! I hope Missouri can learn about Minnesota’s program. I have to share this! On another note, as always, you and Paul are in my prayers. I love you. 💛💕❤️

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    • says:

      I couldn’t stop bawling as I watched this show. They ended the show with the song, “This is me,” from the Greatest Showman. It was so appropriate, because it talks about the strength of overcoming what the world thinks of us. Paul was able to go too, but then had a setback yesterday. I guess this is going to be a way of life for us for the time being. Love you too, my friend and think of you every day.

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      • K.L. Hale says:

        I’m so sorry for Paul’s setback. Overcoming is an amazing gift and achievement. The Greatest Showman is one of my favorites. Please take care as I will too. Much love and prayers. I appreciate yours so much. 💛❤️💕

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  6. Awesome! Your granddaughter has been blessed with her own experiences in mentoring these performers. My own heart is filled with gratitude as she considers a career in education.

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    • says:

      We’re very proud of this girl. I had her in all my children’s theatre productions from 3 years through her early teens. To share her love for theatre and helping those with special needs is her gift and she’s willing to share it.


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