Spotlight on Education

The 2018-2019 Spotlight on Education selection will be:


School of Rock

March 5-24, 2019
KeyBank Broadway Series

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”


What is Spotlight on Education?

Spotlight on Education is a program designed for middle and high school classrooms to experience Broadway shows through an educational lens. For select shows in our KeyBank Broadway Series, we offer added-value opportunities that meet state curriculum standards, including two in-classroom workshops conducted by certified teaching artists and discounted tickets to the selected Spotlight on Education show.

"My absolute favorite aspect was the seamlessness of our students' experiences. The whole was even greater than any of the parts. Students read and discussed the book, participated in the workshops, and attended that amazing, mesmerizing production."


- Melanie Wightman
Director of Teaching and Learning, Fairview Park Schools


Your Questions, Answered:

What is included in the experience?

The Spotlight on Education program includes a study guide, discounted tickets to the show for you and your students, and a post-show workshop. Workshops are held onsite at the school and led by Playhouse Square certified teaching artists.

Does the Spotlight on Education program achieve Common Core State Standards?

Yes. Spotlight on Education program is designed to meet Common Core State Standards: 

  • Drama/ Theatre Grades 9-12
    2012 Achievement Levels I-III for Responding and Reflecting:
    Level I: 1RE, 2RE, 4RE, 5RE
    Level II: 1RE, 2RE, 4RE
    Level III: 2RE, 3RE, 4RE, 6RE
  • Music Grades 9-12
    2012 Achievement Levels for Creating (CE), Producing and Performing (PR), and Responding and Reflecting (RE):
    Level II: 3CE, 9CE, 4PR
    Level III: 2RE, 3RE 
  • English Language Arts Grades 9-12
    2012 Achievement Levels for Speaking and Listening and Reading Literature:
    SL 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d
    RL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

How do the workshops fit into the school day?

Workshops are used to enhance the student’s learning experience. Therefore, workshops are placed in accordance with the teacher’s bell schedule. A maximum of six workshops can be held in one school day, with breaks placed intermittently for the teaching artists. 

How do I pay for this program?

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due the first day of the pre-show workshop.

Schools are responsible for acquiring funding for Spotlight on Education program. Schools in the past have looked to education foundations such as Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and used community resources such as Rotary, Kiwanis, community foundations, etc. to assist in funding this program. 


What space is needed for this program?

Workshops can take place wherever a maximum of 30 students can move around freely (classroom, stage, multipurpose room, etc.). Workshops should be conducted in the same room throughout the day to assure workshops start on time. 

What is the recommended class size for this program?

Workshops are designed to accommodate a maximum of 30 students. Larger classes are subject to additional fees.

For more information:

Call Beth Beck directly at 216-640-8604 or fill out the contact form below.