Add a little magic to your classroom through Disney Musicals in Schools—an outreach initiative that develops musical theatre programs in New York City public elementary schools!
Five schools are selected to participate each year’s program free of charge. Any New York City public elementary school is eligible to apply. NOTE: The 2013 deadline has already passed, but check back next fall to learn about the 2014 program.
Selected schools will receive:
Disney Musicals in Schools presents a special opportunity to introduce the collaborative art of musical theatre to your school, strengthen your arts programming, and develop partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.
Disney Theatrical Group will select up to five New York City public elementary schools to participate in this year’s Disney Musicals in Schools residency program.
Selected schools will receive free performances rights (valid for one year) to a Disney KIDS musical of their choosing as well as a complimentary ShowKit. The ShowKit includes materials and resources to aid teachers in producing, directing and choreographing the show.
Selected schools will commit a team of at least three, but no more than five, teachers and staff members to the program. At least one of these individuals must be an arts specialist (of any discipline). This School Team will receive onsite support and training from a team of two Disney Teaching Artists during the rehearsal and production process (during a 90 minute school visit each week).
The Disney Teaching Artists will serve as production and creative advisors who will train and empower the School Team to run the program themselves. The Teaching Artists will guide the School Team through both production management (developing a rehearsal schedule, running auditions, and addressing technical and physical production requirements) and the creative execution of the show (direction, choreography, acting and design). The Teaching Artists will also advise on cross-curricular connections and provide guidance on involving parents, the school community, and the wider community in this project.
Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced on any budget. Disney Teaching Artists will work with selected School Teams to create a production within the budget the school is able to allocate to this project.
Lastly, the selected schools will participate in a culminating Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration. At this spring event, each school will share selections from its production at a Broadway theatre.
Selected schools will be expected to:
Disney will provide performance rights, ShowKit materials and onsite Teaching Artist support at no charge to selected schools. Selected schools will be responsible for a production budget. Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced inexpensively, and have been successfully mounted within a budget of $300-$1500. Disney Teaching Artists will work to maximize the school’s production budget by using reclaimed and existing materials, such as cardboard boxes and tee-shirts brought from home. Any additional costs, such as participating through an after-school (rather than classroom) program, will be the school’s responsibility. The NYC Department of Education advises that such costs can include the out-of-school time that teachers and faculty work.
|September 23, 2013||Applications sent to all NYC DOE elementary schools|
|October 28, 2013||Applications due|
|November 25– December 5, 2013||Finalist school site visits|
|Week of December 9, 2013||All applicants notified of status|
|TBD, December, 2013||Selected school orientation|
|January–May 2014||Rehearsals and onsite support from Teaching Artists.|
|May–June 2014||School performances|
|TBD, June, 2014||Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration|