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Disney Musicals in Schools

Disney Musicals in Schools is an outreach initiative of Dr. Phillips Center that develops sustainable musical theatre programs in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole county public elementary schools.

Purpose

Using the unique world of musical theater, Disney Musicals in Schools helps to foster positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community.  Students and teachers work in teams, developing the wide spectrum of skills needed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

History

The Disney Musicals in Schools program is an outreach initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Group to create sustainable theater programs in elementary schools.  The program was launched in 2010 in response to Disney Theatrical Group’s concern that under-resourced public elementary schools were not afforded equitable access to the arts. After successfully offering the program in New York City schools, Disney Theatrical Group began partnering with organizations in other communities across the United States. 

Our Partnership

In the 2016-2017 school year, the Dr. Phillips Center is rolling our first year of this partnership with four schools from Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties: Bonneville Elementary School, Winegard Elementary School, Kissimmee Elementary School, and Lake Orienta Elementary School. At no cost to them, the selected schools participate in a 17-week musical theater residency, led by a team of teaching artists trained by the School of the Arts and Disney Theatrical Group. Each school receives guidance from the teaching artists, performance rights, and education support materials.

With a professional development focus, participating school teachers partner with Dr. Phillips Center teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct their first school show.  The program culminates in a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at each school.  As a capstone to the experience, on May 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. Dr. Phillips Center will host a Student Share Celebration.  Schools will perform one number from their show on our professional Broadway stage in the Walt Disney Theater for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

In year two, the Dr. Phillips Center will select four more public elementary schools to participate in this program while continuing the work of creating sustainable musical theater programs with the original four schools using Disney KIDS musicals. 

2016-2017 School Year

Bonneville Elementary, Orange County

Performing The Jungle Book Kids

Kissimmee Elementary, Osceola County

Performing The Jungle Book Kids

Lake Orienta Elementary, Seminole County

Performing The Lion King Kids

Winegard Elementary, Orange County

Performing Aladdin Kids

 

2017-2018 School Year

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-18 school year and are due by April 7, 2017. To qualify, the school must be located in Orange, Osceola or Seminole Counties, where 60% of students must be participating in the Florida free-or-reduced-lunch program. To apply, please submit the school application located here: 

Click here to download Disney Musicals In Schools Application