Golden Isles Penguin Project Presents
Bye Bye Birdie – Young Performers Edition
BRUNSWICK, GA – May 11, 2021— The Golden Isles Penguin Project, a musical theatre production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles, is proud to present Bye Bye Birdie, Young Performers Edition on June 17 - 20 at the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick. Evening performances begin at 7 pm; Sunday afternoon matinee at 3 pm.
A loving musical send-up of the late 1950s/early 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll, Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie who has been drafted into the Army and it’s arranged for him to give “One Last Kiss” to all-American girl Kim MacAfee. There are lots of great song and dance numbers including Put on a Happy Face, A Lot of Livin’ to Do, and Kids! in this fun and fast-paced show.
33 Artists ages 10 and up take on all the roles and are supported on stage by Mentors, young people without disabilities, who assist them as needed and participate in the performance. This is the fourth production for the Golden Isles Penguin Project and all shows have been sold out so audiences are encouraged to get their tickets soon.
The Penguin Project is the brainchild of Dr. Andrew Morgan, a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the former Head of the Division of Child Development at the University College of Medicine at Peoria. By creating unrestricted access to the performing arts, The Penguin Project® demonstrates that the special challenges of a disability need not handicap a child’s ability to participate in life’s experiences. In his words “Our penguins may not be able to fly, but that does not prevent their spirits from soaring.”
The Golden Isles Penguin Project is supported by The Communities of Coastal GA Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, Stambaugh Aviation, St Simons Presbyterian Church, The Rotary Club of St. Simons, Davis Love Foundation, Glynn Pate Foundation Rich Products, Advance Rehabilitation, Waterbox, and individual donors in our community. In-kind support has been provided by First United Methodist Church of Brunswick.
Tickets are now available for the Golden Isles Penguin Project’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, Young Performers Edition. Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Members are Adults $15/Seniors $10; Nonmembers are Adults $20/Seniors $15. Day of show tickets increases by $5. The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.goldenislesarts.org or the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., Tuesdays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (912) 262-6934