Disney Musicals in Schools
Disney Musicals in Schools is a program that develops sustainable musical theater programs in public elementary schools. Using the unique world of musical theater, Disney Musicals in Schools helps foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents and the community. Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence and interpersonal skills.
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 season. Submissions are due October 18, 2019.
Selected schools will receive:
- A free performance license to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical (available shows include: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Aristocats, Frozen, The Jungle Book, The Lion King and Winnie the Pooh)
- Free ShowKit materials, including a director’s guide, student scripts, cross-curricular activities, accompaniment and rehearsals CDs and a choreography DVD
- Free in-school support from Hennepin Theatre Trust teaching artists
Goals of Disney Musicals in Schools:
- Create sustainable musical theater programs in public elementary schools
- Provide school faculty with the training and tools necessary to support student performance and production, and to empower them to do so
- Develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the arts within the school
- Develop a strong community, including students, parents, faculty, staff and neighbors
- Expose students and school faculty to the wide spectrum of skills that are developed when producing a piece of musical theater, including critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills
About the program
The Disney Musicals in Schools program is an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Group to create sustainable theater programs in elementary schools. The program was launched in 2010 in response to Disney Theatrical Group’s concern that under-resourced public elementary schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Group began partnering with organizations in other communities across the United States.
Four to five schools will be selected each year to participate in the program free of charge. Any Title 1 elementary school is eligible to apply for this program.
This program presents a special opportunity to introduce the collaborative art of musical theater to your school, strengthen your arts programming and develop partnerships among students, faculty, staff and the greater community. Through the 17-week program, teaching artists will work with students and teachers, both crafting the school’s musical and training teachers to become directors, music directors, choreographers and stage managers, building a tradition of musical theater in their school.