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Disney Musicals in Schools and Providence Performing Arts Center.

Disney Musicals in Schools


Disney Musicals in Schools builds sustainable theatre programs in under-resourced public elementary schools by providing free performance materials and free professional development to participating teachers.


In April of 2019, Disney Theatrical Group selected the Providence Performing Arts Center as its regional partner for its premiere education initiative Disney Musicals in Schools (DMIS). A two-year $120,000 grant from Disney Citizenship will enable PPAC to offer this program in selected Providence Public Elementary Schools.

Each year, 5 new schools are selected and provided with free performance materials and in-school support from a team of professional PPAC teaching artists to produce a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical at their school.  Over 17 weeks, teachers learn how to produce, direct, choreograph and music direct their first school show.

Over the course of a semester, professional PPAC teaching artists guide school teachers through the process of mounting a musical with student performers.  The program culminates with a Student Share Event on our Broadway stage in which each school performs one number from their musical for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community. 

Providence Performing Arts Center - Disney Musicals In Schools ProgramKey Dates
2019-20 Applications Sent to Qualifying Schools26-Aug-19
2019-20 Disney Musical In Schools Applications Due24-Sep-19
All schools notified of status28-Oct-19
School Orientation21-Nov-19
Disney Musicals In Schools In-School ResidenciesJanuary 6 - May 22, 2020
Disney Musicals In Schools Student Share Event8-Jun-20