We are delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration with Disney to introduce the Disney Musicals in Schools programme to primary schools across London.
Up to five London primary schools will be selected, each year, to take part in the Disney Musicals in Schools residency programme which will bring the magic of Disney musicals into their schools. Disney KIDS musicals, created in partnership with Music Theater International (MTI), are 30-minute musicals designed for primary school performers and have been adapted from classic Disney films, including The Lion King, Aladdin, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats, Cinderella and Winnie the Pooh.
The Disney Musicals in Schools programme, delivered by musical theatre professionals gives London teachers the support and development necessary to produce their own musical theatre productions and embed a theatre arts programme within their schools that will continue for years to come. As well as strengthening their skills in acting, singing, dancing and working backstage, students will develop confidence, presentation skills and learn how to collaborate. The 17-week programme in each school culminates in a Disney KIDS production and the young performers will also have the unique opportunity to showcase their work at a special performance on stage at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End, home of Disney’s The Lion King.
Christopher Enticott, Director of Eastside comments: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Disney to support children and their teachers to develop the skills to produce a musical theatre show. The programme will bring a little bit of magic to young performers and audiences alike, which we hope will develop into a lifelong love of the arts. It is important to introduce children at a young age to high-quality, world class storytelling. Thanks to Disney’s generous support, this programme is offered free to all participating primary schools and we’re delighted to bring Disney Musicals in Schools to London for the first time.”
Fiona Thomas, Vice President of Live Entertainment at The Walt Disney Company comments: “We are really excited to bring Disney Musicals in Schools to the UK. The programme launched seven years ago in the US, schools are being given the training and tools necessary to produce their own Disney musicals, with the aim of creating sustainable theatre programs in under resourced, public primary schools. The growing body of evidence that links access to the arts and life chances makes us very proud to be able to work in partnership with Eastside Educational Trust to introduce Disney Musicals in Schools.”
The programme in London will launch in Spring 2017 and workshops at schools will begin from September 2017. For more information about the global program visit Disney Musicals in Schools