Last year, Hualapai Elementary public school participated in the Disney Musicals in Schools program and this created a culture of musical theater and artistry at their schools. Hualapai Elementary will be continuing to produce musicals this school year, creating a growing environment for the arts to blossom even more.
More recently, Kingman Center for The Arts has announced two new locally operated schools in the Kingman area to participate in the 2020 Disney Musicals in Schools program. This program was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions (That’s right. The real Disney!) in order to create sustainable theater programs in under-resourced elementary schools. So, what lucky new schools were picked to participate in the upcoming year?
Golden Valley’s Black Mountain Elementary School and Kingman’s Kingman Academy of Learning Intermediate will be producing a Disney Musical at no cost. So, what goes into this?
For the program, these two schools began a 17-week musical theater residency in September of 2019, (just a month ago!) The schools will receive performance rights, education support materials, and guidance from two teaching artists. Participating school teachers will partner with KCA teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, which will all culminate into their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their respective schools. At the end of the year, KCA will host a Student Share Celebration so that each school–including last year’s school (Hualapai Elementary)–will perform their shows on the Kingman High School Stage for the whole community! First Year participating schools will also have the opportunity to participate in a Student Share Celebration at The Smith Center in Las Vegas on March 2nd 2020.
But does it get better?
Disney Musicals in Schools fosters positive relationships between students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community through musical theater. When working in teams, students and teachers alike develop a 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.
Kingman Center for the Arts is excited to partner with The Smith Center in Las Vegas and Disney to bring live musical theater into our elementary schools. With the renovation of the Beale Street Theater on Beale Street, KCA will be able to open even more opportunities to bring professional-level arts and culture into Kingman in order to help the community blossom locally.
“We have seen firsthand the life-changing effect that performing arts can have on our community members, especially our children. We continue to look for many opportunities to bring more of this to our city… We appreciate all of our community members who support our mission.” ~Kingman Center for the Arts
Want to help make dreams come true? Support your local theater and make sure to donate to the Angle Homes Matching Grant which helps the theater’s renovation. Every dollar you donate will be doubled until the New Year. Donate at your next local event, or at https://www.bealestreettheater.com/donate/capital-campaign/.