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The application deadline has been extended to Friday, November 7th, 2014!

DISNEY MUSICALS IN SCHOOLS IS AN OUTREACH INITIATIVE THAT DEVELOPS MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

Apply today, and add a little magic to your classroom!

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 through two tiers of programming. The Disney Musicals in Schools: Residency program is perfect for schools without prior musical theatre experience. The Disney Musicals in Schools: Getting Started program is ideal for schools with minimal theatre arts experience. Both programs are designed to jump start a tradition of musical theatre in your school!

Five schools will be selected to participate in this year’s Residency program and up to five schools will be selected to participate in this year’s Getting Started program free of charge. Any New York City public elementary school is eligible to apply, but hurry—the application deadline is November 7, 2014.

Selected schools will receive:

  • A free performance license to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical (available shows include: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Artistocats, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Sleeping Beauty, and Winnie the Pooh).
  • Free ShowKit materials, including a director’s guide, student scripts, cross-curricular activities, accompaniment and rehearsal CDs, and a choreography DVD.
  • Free in-school support from Disney Teaching Artists.

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.

To ensure that Disney Musicals in Schools is the right fit for your school and to write a strong application, review this information:

Click here to learn more about Disney Musicals in Schools: Residency program

Click here to learn more about Disney Musicals in Schools: Getting Started program

Please note: Since the goal of Disney Musicals in Schools is to build sustainable theater programs, a school that has already been awarded the program is unlikely to be selected again. Recipient schools will receive various levels of support over a period of three years. Applications from schools that have participated in the program in the last five years will not be considered.

Questions? Contact Sarah.Malone@disney.com

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For information on Disney Musicals in Schools: Nashville, contact the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
For information on Disney Musicals in Schools: Las Vegas, contact The Smith Center Education Department
For information on Disney Musicals in Schools: Seattle, contact Seattle Theatre Group
For information on Disney Musicals in Schools: Orange County, contact The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

  • Disney Musicals in Schools: Residency program

    The goals of Disney Musicals in Schools are:

    1. To develop a sustainable musical-theatre program within elementary schools, thereby strengthening school arts programming.
    2. To provide school faculty with the training and tools necessary to support student performance and production, and to empower them to do so.
    3. To expose students and school faculty to the many benefits of musical theatre production, including the development of self-confidence, collaborative skills, speaking and reading skills, and creativity.
    4. To develop a strong community, including students, parents, faculty, staff and neighbors.
    5. To develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the arts within the school and to connect the arts to curricula in many content areas.

    Overview

    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 performance 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.
    • Free in-school support from a team of two Disney Teaching Artists (during a 90 minute school visit each week).
      • The 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.

    Requirements

    Selected schools will be expected to:

    • Produce a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical involving 3rd-5th graders both on and off stage.
    • Identify a School Team comprising at least three, but no more than five, teachers and staff members, including one arts specialist (any discipline), who will partner with the Disney Teaching Artists and oversee and manage the program from beginning to end. The selected School Team will receive on-site support from a team of two Disney Teaching Artists who will visit the school each week. The School Team will also run a 90 minute rehearsal on their own once each week.
    • Commit to a full semester of rehearsal /production in either a classroom or an after-school setting, but not both (see timeline).
    • Host a site visit for the selection team during the application process.
    • Provide space, time, materials, and resources for students and the School Team to rehearse and prepare for the musical production.
    • Provide opportunities for the whole school to be connected to the production.
    • Involve parents and the larger community in the mounting of the production.
    • Hold a minimum of one public performance of the musical.
    • Participate in the culminating Student Share event on Broadway, and provide transportation for participating students.
    • Financial Commitment

      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.

      Timeline

      September 18, 2014 Applications sent to all NYC DOE elementary schools
      November 7, 2014 Applications due
      November 10– December 4, 2014 Finalist school site visits
      Week of December 8, 2014 All applicants notified of status
      December 15, 2014 Selected school orientation
      January–May 2015 Rehearsals and onsite support from Teaching Artists.
      May–June 2015 School performances
      TBD, June, 2015 Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration
      Hide Residency program details
      Questions? Contact Sarah Malone: Sarah.Malone@disney.com

      Download a PDF of the application to mail in.

  • Disney Musicals in Schools: Getting Started program

    The goals of Disney Musicals in Schools are:

    1. To develop a sustainable musical-theatre program within elementary schools, thereby strengthening school arts programming.
    2. To provide school faculty with the training and tools necessary to support student performance and production, and to empower them to do so.
    3. To expose students and school faculty to the many benefits of musical theatre production, including the development of self-confidence, collaborative skills, speaking and reading skills, and creativity.
    4. To develop a strong community, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and neighbors.
    5. To develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the arts within the school and to connect the arts to curricula in many content areas.

    Overview

    Disney Theatrical Group will select up to five New York City public elementary schools to participate in this year’s Disney Musicals in Schools: Getting Started program.

    Selected schools will receive:

    • Free performance 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.
    • A free professional development workshop that explores the rehearsal process the foundational roles of director, music director, choreographer, stage manager, and producer.
    • Free in-school support from a Disney Teaching Artist (during three 90 minute school visits). The Teaching Artist will cater their support to the needs of your school. They can advise the School Team on various matters related to the production and will work to empower the School Team to run the program with confidence.
    • 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.

    Requirements

    Selected schools will be expected to:

    • Produce a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical involving 3rd-5th graders both on and off stage.
    • Identify a School Team comprising at least three, but no more than five, teachers and staff members, including one arts specialist (any discipline), who will oversee and manage the program from beginning to end. The selected School Team will receive three support visits from a Disney Teaching Artist.
    • Ensure that the School Team attends the required professional development workshop.
    • Commit to a full semester of rehearsal /production in either a classroom or an after-school setting, but not both (see timeline).
    • Accommodate an interview for the selection team during the application process.
    • Provide space, time, materials, and resources for students and the School Team to rehearse and prepare for the musical production.
    • Provide opportunities for the whole school to be connected to the production.
    • Involve parents and the larger community in the mounting of the production.
    • Hold a minimum of one public performance of the musical.
    • Participate in the culminating Student Share event on Broadway, and provide transportation for participating students.
    • Financial Commitment

      Disney will provide performance rights, ShowKit materials, Professional Development, 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.

      Timeline

      September 18, 2014 Applications sent to all NYC DOE elementary schools
      November 7, 2014 Applications due
      November 10– December 4, 2014 Finalist school interviews
      Week of December 8, 2014 All applicants notified of status
      December 17, 2014 Selected school conference call
      January 7, 2015 Selected school Professional Development
      January–May 2015 Rehearsals and onsite support from Teaching Artists.
      May–June 2015 School performances
      TBD, June, 2015 Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration
      Hide Getting Started program details
      Questions? Contact Sarah Malone: Sarah.Malone@disney.com

      Download a PDF of the application to mail in.

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