Disney Musicals in Schools

Disney Musicals in Schools Program Overview:

Disney Musicals in Schools is an outreach initiative of Bay Area Children’s Theatre that develops sustainable musical theatre programs in Bay Area public elementary schools.

Two - four schools will be selected to participate in this year’s program FREE OF CHARGE. Any title one public elementary school or elementary school with 70% or more free and reduced lunch is eligible to apply, but hurry—the application deadline is November 4, 2019.

Disney Musicals in Schools presents a special opportunity to introduce the collaborative art of musical theatre to your school, strengthen your arts programming, and develop partnerships among students, faculty, staff, and the greater community.

Please note: Recipient schools will receive various levels of support over a period of three years.

Disney Musicals in Schools Timeline:

• November 4, 2019 Applications due
• Week of November 11, 2019 Finalist school site visits
• December 2, 2019 All applicants notified of status
• December 2019 Selected school orientation
• January - May 2020 Rehearsals and onsite support from Teaching Artists.
• May-June 2020 In-School Performances
• TBD - June 2020 Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration/Cast Party!

Selected schools will receive:

• A free performance license to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical of your choosing (valid for one year).
• Free Show Kit materials, including a director’s guide, student scripts, cross-curricular activities, accompaniment and rehearsal CDs, and a choreography DVD.
• Free in-school support from Bay Area Children’s Theatre Teaching Artists (during a 90 minute school visit each week). The Teaching Artists will serve as production and creative advisors who will train and empower the School Team to run the program themselves.
• Lastly, the selected schools will participate in a culminating Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration. At this event, each school will share a selection from its production at a professional venue in Oakland.

The goals of Disney Musicals in Schools are to:

1. Create sustainable musical theatre programs in urban elementary schools.

2. Provide school faculty with the training and tools necessary to support
student performance and production, and to empower them to do so.

3. Develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the arts within the school.

4. Develop a strong community, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and neighbors.

5. Expose students and school faculty to the wide spectrum of skills that are developed when producing a piece of musical theatre, including critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.

Disney Musicals in Schools Program Requirements:

Selected schools will be expected to:

• Produce a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical involving 3rd-5th graders
• Identify a School Team comprising at least three, but no more than five, teachers and staff members who will partner with the Bay Area Children’s Theatre Teaching Artists and run the program from beginning to end.
• Participate in a 90 minute rehearsal each week guided by BACT teaching artists in which all three school team members are present.
• Hold a second 90 minute rehearsal each week run by the school team only.
• Commit to a full 17 weeks of rehearsal /production in an after-school setting (see timeline).
• Host a site visit for the selection team during the application process.
• Provide space and time for students and the School Team to rehearse and prepare for the musical production.
• Hold a minimum of one public performance of the musical.
• Participate in the Student Share event in a professional venue and assist with organizing transportation for participating students.

Financial Commitment

Performance rights, ShowKit materials, Professional Development, and onsite Teaching Artist support will be provided at no charge to selected schools. Selected schools will be responsible for a production budget. Disney KIDS Musicals are designed to be produced inexpensively, and have been successfully mounted within a budget of $300-$1500. Bay Area Children’s Theatre Teaching Artists will work to maximize the school’s production budget by using reclaimed and existing materials, such as cardboard boxes and tee-shirts brought from home. Any additional costs, such as participating through an after school payments, will be the school’s responsibility.


Please request an application for completion by emailing:


Bay Area Children's Theatre  |  Phone: 510-296-4433  |  info@bactheatre.org