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Penguin Project brings performers together

By: Hannah Paczkowski

The Lincoln Community Playhouse is putting on "Annie Junior", but it's not their typical production. The actors and actresses are coming together as a team.

"We support each other, no matter what," 10-year-old Alex Fonck said.

Alex and Kaitlyn Vander Woude are acting through the Penguin Project, a production that casts kids with special needs and partners them up with a child that doesn't have disabilities.

"The artist, the children with disabilities are doing the performance, doing the plays, the mentors stand behind them about a foot and a half and they're there to assist," executive director Morrie Enders said.

The project started in Illinois ten years ago. The Lincoln Community Playhouse is the first outside of Illinois to participate.

This weekend, when the curtain opens, the characters will come to life. Kaitlyn is starring as Miss Hannigan

"It's really fun because I get to use the whistle," she said.

Kaitlyn said the best part is just being on stage with her friend.

"It's fun to be famous," she said.

Performances of "Annie Junior" will be held this weekend, June 13-15 at the playhouse. For more information go to

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