Disney Musicals in Schools is a FREE outreach initiative for grades 3–5 that develops sustainable musical theater programs for eligible Cuyahoga and Lorain County elementary schools.
Four schools will be selected to participate in the 2024-2025 program, FREE of charge. Any Cuyahoga, Lake, or Lorain County public elementary school, including public charter schools, with a student poverty level of 50% or higher (according to the Ohio Department of Education’s 2013 Typology Report) is eligible to apply. Alumni Schools of the Disney Musicals in Schools program who are not Year 1, 2, or 3 Schools in the 23-24 or 24-25 school year are invited to apply to restart the program as Year 1 School. If you have questions about your school’s eligibility, contact Outreach Program Coordinator Katelyn Merold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disney Musicals in Schools presents a special opportunity to introduce the collaborative art of musical theater to your school, strengthen your arts programming, and develop partnerships among students, faculty, staff and the greater community.
1. Create sustainable musical theatre programs in public elementary schools.
2. Provide school faculty with the training and tools necessary to support student performance and production and to empower them to do so.
3. Develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the arts within the school.
4. Develop a strong community, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and neighbors.
5. Expose students and school faculty to the wide spectrum of skills developed when producing musical theatre, including critical thinking, problem-solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skill
Disney Musicals in Schools is an after-school outreach program designed to help underserved schools produce a 30-minute Disney musical at your school with students in grades 3–5 with the help of weekly Playhouse Square’s Disney-trained teaching artist visits and materials at no cost to your school.
The program began at Disney Theatrical Group in New York City in 2009 and was established to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced public elementary schools. Over 500 schools across the US and the UK have participated in this program since its inception, 28 of those schools in the Greater Cleveland Area through Playhouse Square. Playhouse Square has been a proud producer of Disney Musicals in Schools since 2015.
By providing free performance materials and free professional development to participating teachers, Disney Musicals in Schools has helped schools inspire the next generation of diverse storytellers, artists and audiences.
Playhouse Square will select four Cuyahoga, Lake, or Lorain County public elementary (including charter) schools to participate in this year’s Disney Musicals in Schools program. According to the Ohio Department of Education's 2013 Typology Report, schools must have a student poverty level of 50% or higher to qualify.
Free performance rights (valid for one year) to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical of your choice! Available titles include:
Free “ShowKit” materials, including a director’s handbook guide, student scripts, online links to all choreography and music videos and tracks, and cross-curricular activities.
Free in-school support from a team of two Playhouse Square Disney-Trained Teaching Artists.
Two, 90-minute afterschool rehearsals are required every week for 19 weeks. Playhouse Square Teaching Artists attend one of these two rehearsals per week, while your team of teachers run the second rehearsal each week.
The Teaching Artists will serve as production and creative advisors, training and empowering your School Team to run the program independently by the end of the 19 weeks.
The Playhouse Square Teaching Artists will guide your School Team through 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 your School Team on school and community engagement opportunities to support your production.
Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced on any budget. Playhouse Square Teaching Artists will work with your School Team to create a production within the budget your school can allocate to this project.
Finally, our four selected Disney schools will present one musical number from their respective productions in a culminating “Student Share Celebration” at Playhouse Square. This year’s Student Share will take place on March 11, 2024, and we encourage new applicants to join us! Please get in touch with Katelyn Merold for details on how to RSVP!
August 9, 2024
August 19–30, 2024
Finalist schools receive on-site visits at their respective schools
Week of September 2, 2024
All applicants notified of their status, and four selected schools announced
Wednesday, September 25, 2024
Selected school orientation (evening) at Playhouse Square
October 7, 2024–March 3, 2025
90-minutes, twice per week, after school rehearsals occur, with Playhouse Square Teaching Artists attending one of the two weekly rehearsals
Week of March 3, 2025*
In-school performances of your school’s selected show
*Alternate performance week requires Playhouse Square's written approval
March 10, 2025 at 7 p.m.
Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration, at Playhouse Square’s Mimi Ohio Theatre!
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