Students from four local Palm Beach County schools have been chosen to learn at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for the 2017-2018 program of “Disney Musicals in Schools”.
The center announced that they have received this grant from Disney in collaboration with educators to bring theater programs to local students in the community. The program is an outreach developed by Disney’s Theatrical Productions to help create sustainable theater programs to elementary schools.
The four schools selected are Egret Lake Elementary (West Palm Beach), Glade View Elementary (Belle Glade), Forest Park Elementary (Boynton Beach), and Starlight Cove Elementary (Lantana). These four schools will participate in a 17-week musical theater residency starting in October, led by a team of teaching artists trained by Disney’s Theatrical Productions and the Kravis Center, at no cost to the schools.
The schools during the residency will receive education support material, performance rights, and guidance from the teaching artists. The program also focuses on professional development teaching the students to learn how to choregraph, direct, produce, and music directing all shown in their 30-minute performances for their schools.
The Kravis Center will also host the student’s musicals through their Student Share Celebration, in which each school will perform one number from their show to an audience of students, teachers, family, friends, and the community.
The main focus of this program is to help students build positive relationships among the staff, students, faculty, parents and the community. With the students and teachers working together in teams, students develop better communications skills, self-confidence, problem solving, critical thinking and more.
Disney started this program in 2010, after a successful run in New York City schools, and since then they have partnered with other organizations and communities across the United States.
To read more about the program, visit www.broadwayworld.com.