New York City
- Daniel Radcliffe
, star of the Tony-nominated "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" and the beloved 'Harry Potter' films, will serve as master of ceremonies as hundreds of students from middle and intermediate New York City Public Schools in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan get their Broadway debut at the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway JR. Student Celebration at the Majestic Theatre (245 West 44th Street) on Monday, June 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Each school will perform a song from their production of a student version of a classic musical, including "Annie JR.", "Once on this Island JR.", "Seussical JR.", Disney
's "Aladdin JR." and "Guys and Dolls JR."
The special Broadway performance is the year-end culminating celebration of the Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway JR. Program, a ground-breaking musical theatre mentorship program which builds self-sustaining theatre programs in public schools with limited arts programming, and is sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) and Music Theatre International (MTI). The event is produced by New York City's educational musical theatre consulting firm iTheatrics. Use of The Majestic Theatre has been provided by The Shubert Organization.
The program aims to engage as many students as possible in all aspects and areas of the arts. In the first year of the program teachers and students are guided step-by-step through the process of producing a first-ever musical in their schools. In the second year, teachers and students continue to receive support and encouragement on their second musical, but take ownership over their productions. In the third year schools present a musical independently, and now serve as inspiration for other schools involved in earlier cycles of the program.
The program was founded in the 2005-2006 school year. So far 29 schools have participated in the program, 21 schools are currently involved in the 2010-2011 cycle - including four new schools involved in the first year of the program, three schools involved in the second year of the program, and 14 "graduated" schools acting as inspiration for the schools involved in the previous cycles of the program; (15 schools will take part in the June 6 celebration). Any New York City middle and intermediate public school without an existing musical theatre program may apply for this grant. Each selected school must have the agreement and support of its respective principal, assistant principal, custodian and a team of three teachers.
The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in more than 1,600 schools. The Department of Education supports universal access to arts education through the ArtsCount initiative, which tracks and reports student participation in arts education and holds schools accountable for meeting New York State Instructional Requirements for the Arts. For more information go to www.schools.nyc.gov
Since 2005, The Shubert Foundation has provided nearly $1.5 million to the New York City Department of Education for Arts Education/Theatre programs. This year marks the Foundation's sixth year providing funds for The Shubert Foundation/MTI Broadway Junior program.
The Shubert Foundation is the nation's largest private foundation dedicated to unrestricted funding of not-for-profit theatres, with a secondary focus on dance, and is especially interested in professional resident theatres that develop and produce new and significant work that expands the American theatrical repertoire. The Foundation is also committed to making quality theatre accessible nationwide, by extending support to theatre companies and groups that work on behalf of the underserved populations. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. was established in 1945 by the legendary team of the brothers Lee and J.J. Shubert who produced more than 520 plays, musicals and revues as well as owned and operated a nationwide network of legitimate theatres.
Music Theatre International (MTI) is the leading theatrical licensing agency in the world, representing the performance rights to over 350 musicals. MTI is particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education and has created special collections for younger audiences including The Broadway Junior Collection® which features 70-minute adaptations of major musicals designed for middle school children to perform, and the MTI KIDS Collection®, which provides 30-minute musicals for performance by elementary school children. MTI launched MTI. For more information go to www.mtishows.com
iTheatrics uses the transformative power of the arts to make the world a better place. The company adapts existing Broadway and West End musicals for students at all age levels - including elementary, middle, and high school - to perform. iTheatrics also creates a teacher's tool chest of resources which provides educators with enhancements such as choreography DVDs, accompaniment CDs, director's guides and curriculum connections. iTheatrics' clients include Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical Group and McMillan/McGraw-Hill. iTheatrics also develops new musicals for family audiences such as "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley," "The Phantom Tollbooth" and Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach." iTheatrics' Junior Teaching Intensives provide professional development for teachers in the area of musical theater and its Junior Theater Academy provides young artists with an innovative outlet for developing their skills as performers and artists.