Disney Musicals In Schools

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“When we started this project I had no idea that it would affect so many people at our school. In the beginning we started with such a diverse group, and through this program we became a family. We had some students who never missed a day of school or rehearsal and some who knew everyone’s lines. I was blown away when the students became mini superstars, and I still have new students come to me and ask about when they can join our Disney Musicals in Schools program.” –Participating Teacher

“Students who have not expressed any interest in reading or writing are coming in early before school just to practice reading their scripts and are writing out their lines for extra practice!” –Participating Teacher

In April 2013, Disney Theatrical Group selected The Smith Center for the Performing Arts as its second regional partner for Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS). A two-year $100,000 grant from Disney Citizenship will allow The Smith Center to offer this program in selected CCSD schools. The program is based on Disney KIDS musicals, which are written for elementary-aged students and designed to be produced in a school setting. These half-hour shows feature accessible music, ensemble casts, and classic stories of Disney.

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The Smith Center’s Disney Musicals in Schools teaching artists partner with educators in the selected schools to produce Disney KIDS musicals and create sustainable theater experiences in CCSD elementary schools. Together the educators and the teaching artists apply the magic of Disney to theater activities that address imagination, creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and so many more goals of classroom learning in after-school settings. Each spring, The Smith Center selects participant schools to begin the program in the fall of the following school year. For applications or school eligibility inquiries, please contact education@thesmithcenter.com. Applications are made available in early spring.

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • May 2015 Through an application process, five CCSD elementary schools will be chosen to participate in Disney Musicals in Schools at The Smith Center.
  • September 2015 Selected school teams will attend orientation at The Smith Center.
  • October 2015 – February 2016 Weekly after-school rehearsals facilitated by school teams and two teaching artists from The Smith Center.
  • February 2016 Participating schools will perform their selected Disney KIDS Musical for their school.
  • April 2016 Participating students present one number from their musical on stage at The Smith Center at the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration.

2015 – 2016 Participants
Ruben P. Diaz Elementary School
Pat A. Diskin Elementary School
E.W. Griffith Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School
Doris Reed Elementary School
Hal Smith Elementary School

2014 – 2015 Participants
Kermit R. Booker Sr. Elementary School
Fay Herron Elementary School
Robert Lunt Elementary School
Dean Petersen Elementary School
Ruby Thomas Elementary School
Rose Warren Elementary School

2013 – 2014 Participants
Will Beckley Elementary School
Walter Bracken STEAM Academy
Clyde C. Cox Elementary School
C. P. Squires Elementary School
Elaine Wynn Elementary School
Paradise Professional Development School*
*Participated in “Getting Started” program

Learn more about Disney Musicals in Schools at www.disneymusicalsinschools.com

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