TPAC Announces Five New Schools Selected for Disney Musicals in Schools Program

We’re pleased to announce that five new schools have been selected to participate in the 2017-18 Disney Musicals in Schools program! The program is an initiative developed by Disney Theatrical Productions to create sustainable theater programs in economically disadvantaged elementary schools.

The newly selected schools are Alex Green Elementary School, Glencliff Elementary School, Shayne Elementary School, Thomas A. Edison Elementary School, and Tusculum Elementary Elementary School. TPAC’s education program has been partnering with Disney’s Theatrical Productions for seven years and is thrilled to welcome five new schools into the program.

The selected schools will begin a 17-week musical theater residency in January. Each school will receive performance rights, education support materials and guidance from two teaching artists. The program features a professional development focus, through which participating school teachers partner with TPAC 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, TPAC will host a Student Share Celebration in which each school performs one number from their show on the stage of Andrew Jackson Hall for an audience of students, teachers, family, and community members.

“We know from experience that theater programs have a positive effect on students — increasing self-confidence and building skills like communication and collaboration,” said Kristin Horsley, TPAC’s Senior Director of Education Outreach. “We are excited to partner with five new schools and to see what they create in their school communities.”

Throughout the last seven years, 34 Metro Nashville Public Schools have successfully participated in the program, with 5,576 students and 191 teachers working together to create a culture of musical theater at their schools!

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

Each school will then perform a Disney KIDS musicals, which are 30-minute musicals designed for elementary school performers and have been adapted from the classic Disney films 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The Aristocats, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, and Winnie the Pooh. We cannot wait to see how these new schools interpret these Disney musicals into their curriculum!  Good luck to all schools, both new and returning on their upcoming Disney production.



Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million students and educators with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit

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