By day it is a very special school for kids with disabilities, but for the last five years, The Jardine Academy has shared their auditorium so that Theater Project Junior could run its annual musical theater workshop there. Since the theater workshop is at night and the special needs academy runs by day, the kids from the two programs have never met – until now.
Having performed their shows at The Jardine Academy for the past three summers, members of Theater Project Jr (TPJ) will be returning on Tuesday, Feb 25th to help the students at The Jardine celebrate the birthday of Dr Seuss by performing songs from this past summer’s production of Seussical!
When Cynthia Isaksen, principal of the school, reached out to Mary Iannelli, Artistic Director for TPJ, to see if the children would return, Mary wasn’t sure how many kids would be able to come back, but she put out the call and was overwhelmed at the response. “Almost the entire cast will be returning for this special concert. They are looking forward to meeting the children they usually only see in the pictures posted throughout the halls.”
Adam Kaunfer of Springfield and a 5 year alum of TPJ, said, "Dr Seuss was a staple of my childhood. It is an honor to play some of his characters. I like turning myself into a new character and seeing how the audience will react to it. I can’t wait for [this Summers’ show]!”
After the concert is over, the members of TPJ will begin getting ready for this Summer’s production of Bugsy Malone Jr. Auditions will be held in May and anyone interested should contactmary@TheTheaterProject.org for additional information.