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[Audio] Playhouse in The Park Penguin Project Performs Peter Pan, Jr.

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Playhouse in the Park Director Lisa Cope talks with Austin Carter on Sounds Good about the Penguin Project's production of Peter Pan, Jr. running through August 28.


This is the organization’s third year to participate in The Penguin Project. Started by Dr. Andrew Morgan in Peoria Illinois, the project makes theater accessible to kids with disabilities. Murray’s Playhouse in the Park is the 7th theater in the nation and the only theater in Kentucky to participate in the program.

Kids, called Arists, are matched with peer mentors who provide on-stage support. Cope says the preparation process leading up to performance is similar to that of other productions but rehearsals are shortened and spread over a period of 4 months. This year’s Penguin Project group will perform Peter Pan, Jr. Cope says the cast includes 20 Artists and 20 mentors.


Playhouse in the Park is holding auditions September 5 and 6 for its production of The Addams Family. On September 9 the organization will hold its second Bourbon Tasting fundraiser at the Murray Country Club with spirits from Wild Turkey Bourbon and Silver Trail Distillery.


A proud native of Murray, Kentucky, Allison grew up roaming the forests of western Kentucky and visiting national parks across the country. She graduated in 2014 from Murray State University where she studied Environmental Sustainability, Television Production, and Spanish. She loves meeting new people, questioning everything, and dancing through the sun and the rain. She hopes to make a positive impact in this world several endeavors at a time.
Austin Carter is a Murray State grad and has been involved with WKMS since he was in high school. Over the years he has been a producer for WKMS and has hosted several music shows, but now calls Morning Edition his home each weekday morning.
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