Benefit Concert for Young Actors with Special Needs


Local pediatrician David Berger, MD (“Dr. David”) will hold a concert to benefit children and adults with special needs, on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Tiki Cove. Dr. David and Friends will perform musical favorites, and young actors from Penguin Project and Ampersand Theatre will also perform at the event.

Dr. David, a father of two, discovered Penguin Project when his daughter was a founding volunteer for the group. “The Penguin Project is one of the most amazing groups I have ever been affiliated with. To see children with special needs, some who have never acted or even spoken in public, act out a full musical will warm anyone’s heart,” Dr. David said.

Penguin Project Producing Artistic Director Nora Paine said, “Penguin Project is an integral part of our artists’, peer mentors’, and their families’ lives. It gives our artists the chance to learn so much and to be the stars of the show. ”

The event schedule:

  • 2 p.m. – Doors open
  • 2:30 p.m. – Musical performance by Dr. David and Friends (first set)
  • 3:30 p.m. – Song and dance performances by Penguin Project and Ampersand Theatre
  • 4 p.m. – Dr. David and Friends (second set)
  • 4:45pm: Family-friendly DJ Dance Party

About Penguin Project: Penguin Project is a 501(C) theater program, run by New Tampa Players, for children with special needs. Each year, Penguin Project produces a musical in which each role is performed by a child with special needs. This year’s show will be Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with rehearsals beginning in November. More info:

About Ampersand Theatre: Ampersand Theatre is a new hands-on theater program run by New Tampa Players in which adults with disabilities learn about choreography, acting, music, lights, sound, marketing, box office, costumes and set design. More information:

About Dr. David Berger: Dr. David is recognized nationally for his expertise in holistic pediatric primary care, with specialties in the areas of nutritional and lifestyle therapies for autism, ADHD and immune dysregulation such as allergies, asthma, and autoimmune disorders for adults as well as children. Forever inspired by Jerry Garcia, Dr David’s set lists are compiled by asking, “Would Jerry sing this?”. He will include some of his original songs.

Tiki Cove is an all-sand beach by a lake; a barrier will be set up between the water and the beach, located at 2700 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, 34639. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Those with special dietary needs are welcome to bring their own food.

For more information about this event, click here.

Tickets are limited and may be purchased here – Ticket purchases and donations are charitable donations, for tax purposes.




  •  December 3, 2023
     2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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