Education & Community Programs > Disney Musicals In Schools
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In March 2014, Disney Theatrical Group selected Seattle Theatre Group® as a Disney Musicals in Schools affiliate. STG received training and seed money to launch this program in Washington.
Seattle Theatre Group®’s Disney Musicals in Schools teaching artists partner with educators in selected Title I elementary schools to produce Disney KIDS musicals and create sustainable theatre programs at their schools. Together, teaching artists and educators will collaborate by mounting a 30-minute Disney KIDS show for their school. This 18-week program culminates in a Student Share Celebration at the historic Paramount Theatre.
Schools joining Disney Musicals In Schools in 2019-20 have been selected and confirmed. If you school is interested in joining the program in 2020-2021 or beyond, please complete the interest form below.
To learn more about the program, please fill out our interest form.
STG selects up to four Title I elementary schools to participate in Disney Musicals in Schools.
Selected schools will receive free performances rights (valid for one year) to a Disney KIDS musical of their choosing as well as a complimentary ShowKit. The ShowKit includes materials and resources to aid teachers in producing, directing, and choreographing the show.
Selected schools will commit a team of at least 3-5 teachers and staff members to the program. At least one of these individuals must be an arts specialist (of any discipline). This School Team will receive onsite support and training from a team of two STG Teaching Artists during the rehearsal and production process (during a 90 minute school visit each week). The School Team will also be responsible for an additional 90 minute rehearsal each week, without the presence of the Teaching Artists.
The Teaching Artists will serve as production and creative advisors who will train and empower the School Team to run the program themselves. The Teaching Artists will guide the School Team through both 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). The Teaching Artists will also advise on cross-curricular connections and provide guidance on involving parents, the school community, and the wider community in this project.
Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced on any budget. Teaching Artists will work with selected School Teams to create a production within the budget the school is able to allocate to this project.
Selected schools will be expected to:
- Host a site visit for the selection team during the interview process.
- Identify a School Team comprising at least 3-5 teachers and staff members, including one arts specialist (any discipline), who will oversee and manage the program from beginning to end.
- Commit to 18 weeks of rehearsal /production in an after-school setting (see timeline), rehearsing 90 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week for 17 weeks.
- Produce a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical involving 3rd-5th graders both on and off stage.
- Provide space, time, materials, and resources for students and the School Team to rehearse and prepare for the musical production. The space must be open with room for participating students to move, dance, and sing loudly.
- Provide opportunities for the whole school to be connected to the production.
- Involve parents and the larger community in the mounting of the production.
- Hold a minimum of one public performance of the musical.
- Participate in the culminating Student Share Celebration event in April 2020 at The Paramount Theatre, and provide transportation for participating students (cost of transportation will be reimbursed).
Learn all of the great benefits your school will experience by participating in this program:
- A free performance license to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical (available shows include: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Artistocats, Frozen, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, The Lion King).
- Free ShowKit materials, including a director’s guide, student scripts, cross-curricular activities, accompaniment and rehearsal CDs, and a choreography DVD.
- Free in-school support from STG’s Teaching Artists.
- Seattle Theatre Group® will host a Student Share Celebration at The Paramount Theatre in which each school will perform one musical number from their show.
- Free tickets to selected Seattle Theatre Group® shows.
You can learn more about the program by viewing the videos below.
STG documented the first year of Disney Musicals In Schools in Seattle from 2014-2015 - watch videos here.
Robert Frost Elementary (Lake Washington School District) joined Disney Musicals In Schools in 2016-2017 and documented their experience to share with others - watch it now.
Schools joining Disney Musicals In Schools in the 2019-20 program year are now finalized. If you are interested in learning more information or applying for 2020-21, please complete the interest form under the “Apply” section.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
Orientation for 2019-20 Schools
OCTOBER 12, 2019 & OCTOBER 26, 2019
Professional Development for School Educators
OCTOBER 2019 - MARCH 2020
Weekly after-school rehearsals in Year 1 schools by STG’s Teaching Artists
April 28, 2020: STUDENT FINAL SHARE!
Here is what teachers and artists are saying about Disney Musicals in Schools:
Thank you so much for supporting our school and providing us with this opportunity. We will continue to integrate theater arts into our curriculum as well as many other of the arts and enrichments for our students. It has been a wonderful experience for our entire school community. - Participating Principal
Watching our students grow day to day in confidence, ability, and character has been the most rewarding thing. These kids have truly shown that they are capable of achieving amazing things. We are so grateful as a school to have had this opportunity from STG. It has made such an impact on our students, staff, and community. - Participating Teacher
Our students have grown in their abilities and confidence in this time, and having this opportunity has given many of those students who might never had the chance to perform, the chance to shine. We could not have done this without a giant team of people including staff, families, STG, and Disney Musicals In Schools. They believe in our kids and we can’t wait to see what their future will bring! - Participating Teacher
This was our 5th year performing a Disney musical. The musical has really become a staple of our school culture. The kids are already looking forward to next year and talking about what parts they want in our next show! Thanks for bringing a smile to our students’ faces and helping to keep the arts a priority. - Participating Teacher
Here is a list of schools that have successfully completed Disney Musicals in Schools, along with current schools participating in the program:
Cascade View Elementary
Olympic Hills Elementary
White Center Heights Elementary
2018-19 Alumni Schools
Star Lake Elementary
View Ridge Elementary
2017-18 Alumni Schools
Mark Twain Elementary
Frank Wagner Elementary
2016-17 Alumni Schools
Madrona K-8 School
Madrona Elementary School
Robert Frost Elementary School
2015-16 Alumni Schools
Dunlap Elementary School
South Shore K-8
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
McMicken Heights Elementary School
2014-15 Alumni Schools
Mount View Elementary School
Emerson Elementary School
Rising Star Elementary
West Seattle Elementary School
2019 - 2020 TEACHING ARTISTS
Check out STG’s Disney Musicals in Schools' talented teaching artists:
Lister Elementary Teaching Artists, Tacoma School District
GAYNELL T. WALKER (she/her) is a former elementary teacher and retired elementary principal. She taught Kindergarten, 4th and 6th grade and was Principal of a Title I K-6 school all in the Kent School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Teacher Certification from the University of Washington. She holds a Masters of Education and Principal Certification from Seattle University. Gaynell also has a passion for dance which began as a teen. Her dance training was under the supervision of the late Dr. Darrlyn Smith, owner and artistic director of TTAAPP Central Studio. She has participated in trainings with the late Cholly Atkins and Diane Walker at the New York Dance Festival. Currently Gaynell works with former owner and artistic director of Ewajo Centre, Edna Daigre, focusing on health and wellness through dance. She has performed at events sponsored by the Central Area Senior Center, MLKFame Community Center, Dance This 2015 and with the Women's Steel Pan Band at Folklife Festival 2016. Gaynell also taught low impact dance classes for healthy aging participants and was a guest dance instructor for an STG student workshop teaching dances of the Motown era.
SAMANTHA CANELA (she/her) is a proud mixed latinx artist-creative-type and San Diego native currently based in Seattle. She’s a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts where she majored in Theatre with an emphasis in Original Works. Her most recent projects include assistant directing both Juan Palmieri with Thriving Artists and El Niño de Cabeza/The Upside Down Boy for Book-It’s educational tour. As a performer she was last seen playing Medjo in The Great Inconvenience with Annex Theatre and understudying for The Prince in The Little Prince at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
SYDNII HODGE (she/her) started dancing when she was four years old and has maintained a love of the arts ever since. In her youth she participated in the productions of MAAFA put on by the Sankofa Theater and Macbeth put on by the UW Actors Group. She has been working with kids younger than her since she was in high school, mentoring middle school students to do better in school and extra-curricular activities. All while staying active in the arts by participating in Honor Choir as well as school plays. After graduating she worked in the educational field as an after- school program assistant through Puget Sound Educational Service District. She has found her passion in teaching and helping to inspire a love of dance and the arts in our youth. For the past two years she has spent her summers as a Group Leader for STG's AileyCamp.
Cascade View Elementary Teaching Artists, Tukwila School District
BRAD WALKER (he/him) is an actor, director, event entertainer, and teaching artist. Seattle born and raised, he is an alumnus of the University of Washington, where he studied Theatre and Communications. Brad has directed shows with Second Story Rep, SIS Productions, Burien Actors Theater, and school plays at Bryant Elementary, McDonald Inte rnational, and John Stanford International. While Brad loves to direct, he works predominantly in theatre as an actor. He has performed with Book-It Rep, Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Harlequin Productions, StoryBook Theater, and he can be seen in many commercials and industrial videos too. A life-long fan of Disney, he looks forward to connecting with students and teachers.
RACHEL MCKINNEY (she/her) is a Seattle native and currently a student at Greenriver College. Her passion for dance started at the age of five. She was a member of the young performing company, Totally Tap Kids. Her love for dance grew and she began to study all types of dance from ballet, modern, hip hop, and African but her main focus was rhythm tap. Rachel is currently a tap instructor at Northwest Tap Connection. She has performed at Floripa Tap Festival in Brazil, Cross Cultural Exchange trip in Barbados, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and STG’s DANCE This and Global Party. She has also been a member of Youth Tap Ensemble, Color Lines Dance Ensemble. Over the 17 years of dancing, Rachel has trained under Pamela Yasutake, Shaina Mitchell-Proctor, Alexander Jackson, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jason Samuel Smith, Diane Walker, Chloe Arnold, Shakiah Danielson, Dani Long and numerous others. Rachel loves working with young kids and sharing her passion for dance.
Wilkeson Elementary Teaching Artists, White River School District
FAITH HOWES (she/her) is a theatre educator and performer who has taught and performed with theatre companies across the United States and internationally in Canada, Japan, India, and the UK. She’s worked with companies such as Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Disney Theatricals, Warner Bros. Pictures, The Brit School, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Children's Theatre. Faith is passionate about arts education, arts outreach, and improvised musical theatre. More at faithmargarethowes.com.
ADRIANA HERNANDEZ (she/her) was born in Southern California and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. She has worked with Maya Soto/ Nico Tower, Iyun Ashani Harrison, Mary Sheldon Scott, Anna Conner, Ktisk Contemporary Dance, Alicia Mullikin, and other artists in Seattle, San Diego, and Mexico. Her choreographic work has been presented through On the Boards' NorthWest New Works, Velocity Dance Center's Bridge Project, Seattle International Dance Festival, Cornish College of the Arts and at Southwestern Community College where she also received the Outstanding Dancer/ Choreographer Scholarship. Currently, Adriana works as a Teaching Artist for various Community Education Programs in the greater Seattle area where she teaches creative movement and adaptive dance in public schools, early childhood centers and recreation program and has spent the past two summers as a Group Leader for STG’s AileyCamp. She researches and experiments with movement through choreography, literature, and teaching choreography and creative movement.
Olympic Hills Elementary Teaching Artists, Seattle School District
DANIELA ARMENDARIZ (she/her) was born in Mission, TX, but raised in the beautiful Mexican State of Chihuahua and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. She started dancing at a very young age in her father’s dance company and attended Univesidad Autónoma de Chihuahua- Instituto de Bellas Artes (Chihuahua State University). Daniela obtained her BA in Art (Dance Education) when she was only 17 years old and was in many dance companies in Mexico and the USA. In 2009 she joined Bailadores De Bronce as a dancer and later on as a choreographer. In 2013 Daniela was invited to be a guest dance instructor in Herencias Mexicanas and now currently works as their Artistic Director and President. Daniela enjoys Mexican Folk Dance, sports, reading, listening to music, and spending time dancing with her two kids. She loves to share the history of all dances and show others the richness of Mexican culture.
ANUHEA BROWN (pronounced ah-new-hay-uh; she/her/they/them) is an emerging actor, playwright, and activist. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a minor in playwriting and directing. Notable collaborations include Seattle Shakespeare Company, Live Girls Theatre, and One Coast Collaboration. She has worked with Cory McDaniels, Malika Oyetimin, Michael Place, Sheila Daniels, and emerging Humana Festival playwright Mara Nelson Greenberg. Her new work has been workshopped at Live Girls Theatre as well as Cornish College of the Arts’ annual New Works Festival in 2019. Anuhea’s original work focuses on creating stories for marginalized communities such as the brown queer experience. Anuhea is a proud Hawaiian Portuguese Filipino womxn that hopes to decolonize theatre and create a theatrical space that is fearless, daring, and most of all, inclusive of multiple identities.
White Center Heights Elementary Teaching Artists, Highline School District
MARQUICIA DOMINGUEZ (they/them) known as QuiQui to most, is a Director, Actor, and Teaching Artist in the Seattle area. In 2012 they received a B.F.A in theatre from Cornish College of the Arts and in 2018 received a Master’s in Education: Applied Behavior Analysis Programing and Instruction from Arizona State University. QuiQui has worked with companies such as ACT, Book-It, Greenstage, Seattle Repertory, and Seattle Shakespeare Company. Outside of teaching, QuiQui is a Licensed Assistant Behavioral Analyst where they use theatre and creativity to teach life skills to individuals with autism. Their desire is to create inclusive arts programs for all individuals, no matter that individual’s abilities.
ADRIÁN NERI REYES (he/him) is a dancer, artist, teacher, and journalist from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He currently dances with Bailadores de Bronce and is passionate about Mexican Folklore. Adrián has a degree in Communication and Information from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes and studied Mexican Folklore at the University of Arts from the Cultural Institute of Aguascalientes. He has been teaching art, Spanish, and English classes for elementary-college students since 2006 and created a business for teaching Spanish lessons to the community. More at https://www.yohabloespanol.org.
AYANNA OMAR (she/her) is a Seattle based dancer/choreographer trained in hip hop, house, modern, tap and ballet. She currently coaches for Purple Reign Dance at Washington Middle School and works for Northwest Tap Connection, a dance studio that focuses much of their work through the lens of race and social justice. Ayanna has participated in STG’s DANCE This and in the nationally recognized dance number by the legendary Donald McKayle "Shaker Life" in 2017 at the Moore Theatre. Her credits include participation in Hamilton's mixed tape "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)" choreographed by Shakiah Danielson, the GROOVEMENT, and various dance performances through Northwest Tap Connection.
Amberlee Joers, Project Manager
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