How it works:
Schools are chosen based on a rigorous application process and site visit. JumpStart Theatre provides participant schools with materials, budget, and training support (valued at $12,000 annually) to produce one full-scale musical production a year. The program engages existing teachers who are trained through a series of three “bootcamps,” covering all areas of musical theatre production. The teacher teams also receive ongoing coaching from a trained mentor, empowering them to guide their programs independently. Students are involved in every aspect of the production: performance, costumes, sets, and design. The three-year grants support building the program to reach a sustainable level.
Teams mount at least two public performances for their schools and communities, and come together with the other teams and their students in an annual showcase that includes a selected musical theatre number from each school.
Each production will draw from MTI’s Broadway Junior series, which adapts classic and contemporary musicals into one-hour editions, suitable for middle-school performers. Each show also comes with a kit that supplies teachers with all the resources that they will need to direct, choreograph, and teach the show’s music.
The Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC) lead the JumpStart Theatre Research Project. It measured the annual and cumulative impact of the musical theatre program on student development over the three-year period of the pilot in nine behavioral areas:
||Problem solving with others with different ideas
||General outlook for the future
|Attitudes about doing arts
View 2019 JumpStart Theatre ReportView 2018 JumpStart Theatre Research Executive Summary
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JumpStart Theatre Annual Report:
JumpStart Theatre Graduates:
These schools have successfully completed their three years of training and are proudly sustaining their own musical theatre programs:
Holmes Middle School, Covington, KY
Gamble Montessori, Cincinnati, OH
Finneytown Middle School, Cincinnati, OH
Aiken New Tech High School, Cincinnati, OH
Dater High School, Cincinnati, OH
Felicity-Franklin Middle School, Felicity, OH
For more information about JumpStart Theatre, email JumpStartTheatre@schooltheatre.org.