PPAC receives $120,000 grant from Disney to bring theater education program to Providence

At a morning press conference held in the Aldermen’s Chambers at Providence City Hall, Joseph W. Walsh, Esq, Chairman of the Providence Performing Arts Center’s Board of Directors, announced that the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) has been awarded a $120,000 grant from Disney to bring the Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS) program to Providence.

Disney Musicals in Schools is a free initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Group to create sustainable theater programs in public elementary schools.  The grant funds two years of programming; the Providence Performing Arts Center will select five area public elementary schools to participate in the 2019—2020 academic year, and another five will be selected for next academic year.

The selected schools will participate in a 17-week musical theater residency, led by a team of teaching artists trained by PPAC and Disney Theatrical Group, at no cost. Each school will receive performance rights, education support materials, and guidance from the teaching artists. The program features a professional development focus, through which participating school teachers partner with PPAC’s teaching artists to learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct, culminating in their first 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school. As a capstone to the experience, the Theatre will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on the PPAC stage for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

Using the unique world of musical theatre, 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 theatre, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

Read the full announcement from PPAC here – https://www.ppacri.org/news/detail/dmis_press