Overture Center for the Arts launched a new education initiative in affiliation with Disney Theatrical Group in 2016/17. Our goal for the program is clear: Creating sustainable musical theater programs in elementary schools by providing schools with the training and tools necessary to do so, and by creating a space for the community to share their students’ success.
Up to five schools annually receive a 17-week musical theater residency that culminates in a 30-minute Disney KIDS Musical at each school. Working with professional teaching artists, a team of faculty from the school will build skills necessary to produce a musical theater show starring students in grades 3-5. Through this process, students develop self-confidence, practice collaboration and strengthen speaking and reading skills while learning musical theater techniques.
Over the course of the 17 weeks, Overture’s team of professional Teaching Artists guide school teachers through the process of mounting a musical with student performers. The program culminates in a shared showcase of student performances on the historical Capitol Theater Stage at Overture Center. Students from each school perform a highlight from their school production for other partner schools and invited guests who will celebrate the talent and achievement of our students. Our goal is to provide the training necessary for teachers to continue a tradition of theater education for years to come so after the first year schools receive continued support with professional development and other resources.
Stay tuned – applications for 17/18 schools will be available this fall.
Contact Director of Education and Community Engagement Alanna Medearis