Overture Center for the Arts is proud to announce a new education initiative in affiliation with Disney Theatrical Group in 2016/17. Our goal for the program is clear: We want to create 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 will 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 will guide school teachers through the process of mounting a musical with student performers. Our goal is to provide the training necessary for teachers to continue a tradition of theater education for years to come.
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.
Applications for schools will be available in Fall 2016 for the program that begins in the schools in January 2017. Madison public Title 1 elementary schools or Madison public elementary schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free and reduced lunch may apply. We require a team of three to five teachers, and recommend that at least one of the teachers is an arts specialist.