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inspiring through theatre provided by Disney Theatrical Group Aladdin KIDS, Hull-Jackson Montessori School, photo courtesy of Mimosa Arts Disney Musicals Enrich Schools Around the World Project-Based Learning Engages Kids and Communities In 2003, Disney Theatrical Group (DTG) — the division responsible for Broadway hits like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mary Poppins and Newsies — began creating musicals for students to perform in their schools. Through 30-minute KIDS musicals for elementary school, 60-minute JR. musicals for middle school and full-length shows for high school, young performers can bring classic Disney stories to life for audiences in their communities. To date, there have been more than 40,000 productions of Disney musicals, such as 101 Dalmatians KIDS, The Little Mermaid JR. and High School Musical. Putting on a musical is fun, but it’s also a robust educational experience. Comprising diverse tasks such as designing costumes, marketing the show, building sets and running the box office, musical theatre is a multidisciplinary platform for learning by doing. The learning doesn’t stop with students; putting on a show is a great way to invite parents and the community into the school. Accessible Materials Introduce Theatre-Making to Educators DTG has carefully constructed its KIDS and JR. shows to be developmentally and academically aligned to key phases of student development. Young performers are set up to succeed with scripts and music crafted just for them. When schools produce a Disney KIDS or JR. musical, they receive a ShowKit packed with resources to help first-time directors and students produce a fully realized musical. The ShowKit includes a Director’s Guide that walks the educator through every facet of production: from casting the show, to running rehearsals, to creating costumes, to opening night and beyond. The ShowKit also includes a choreography demonstration DVD, and recorded rehearsal and performance CDs, complete with the orchestra “tuneup” just before the curtain rises. 34 | N extra credit Kathy Hull, an educator at Hull-Jackson Montessori School in Nashville, Tennessee, produced her first school musical, Aladdin KIDS, last year. “During our paint and sew days we had huge parent participation,” she said. “This year we literally have parents in the building every day working on things for the show. It’s been great to see relationships grow between parents and kids at our school.” “ By exploring culture and history outside of rehearsal, our students gained a greater understanding of their world, both on stage and off. - Kathy Hull, educator Hull-Jackson Montessori School, Nashville, Tennessee ”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013
Walt Disney, Educator
Career Spotlight
A Touching Reunion
Engineering for Today
Career Spotlight
Research and Storytelling
Center Stage
Disney Dreamers Academy
The Path to Newsies
Creativity in the Classroom
Educational Field Trips
Inspiring Through Theatre
Festival Disney Turns 10
New Learning Opportunities
The Visual Musicians
Beyond the Bright Lights
Music Education Excellence
Focus on the Future
Poetic License
Spotlight On: The Disney Honors
Disney Performing Arts Alumni
Mickey’s Education Adventure
Disney Performing Arts Opportunities
Disney Youth Education Series Opportunities
Students Get the “Scoop”
The Fundamentals of Finance
Advertisers and Thank You
Travel Planner Honors
Mickey’s Mind Teasers

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2013

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