Disney Musicals in Schools

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Program Overview:

Hennepin Theatre Turst will select up to four public elementary schools to participate in this year’s Disney Musicals in Schools program.


Selected schools will receive:


·         Free performance rights (valid for one year) to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical of their choosing (available shows include 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Artistocats, Frozen, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Winnie the Pooh)


·         Free ShowKit materials, including a director’s guide, student scripts, accompaniment and rehearsal CDs, a choreography DVD, and cross-curricular activities.


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


o    The Teaching Artists will serve as production and creative advisors who will train and empower the School Team to run the program themselves.


o   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). They will also advise the School Team on school and community engagement opportunities.


o   Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced on any budget. 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 event, each school will share selections from its production at the Pantages Theatre.   

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 teachers and staff members, who will partner with the 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 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 an after-school setting.


·         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, parents, and larger community to be connected to the production.


·         Hold a minimum of one public performance of the musical.


·         Participate in the culminating Student Share event at the Pantages Theatre. Transportation will be provided by Hennepin Theatre Trust.


Financial Commitment

Performance rights, ShowKit materials, Professional Development, and onsite Teaching Artist support will be provided at no charge to selected schools. Selected schools will be responsible for a production budget of any amount, determined by the school. Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced inexpensively and have been successfully mounted within a budget of $300-$1500. Teaching Artists, provided by Hennepin Theatre Trust will work to maximize the school’s production budget by using reclaimed and existing materials, such as cardboard boxes and t-shirts brought from home. Any additional costs, such as after-school payments for school staff, will be the school’s responsibility.


Disney Musicals in Schools Timeline:

9/20/22                                       Applications sent to all elementary schools in Twin Cities

10/14/22                                     Applications close

10/31/22 - 11/4/22                   Finalist school site visits

11/11/22                                     All applicants notified of status

11/17/22                                     Selected school orientation

1/2/23 - 5/12/23                        Rehearsals and onsite support from Teaching Artists

TBD                                              School performances

5/16/23                                       Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration

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