Teams mount at least two public performances for their schools and communities, and come together with the other teams and their students in a culminating celebration of everyone’s achievements 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.
Dr. James Catterall of the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC) will lead the JumpStart Theatre Research Project. It will measure the annual and cumulative impact of the musical theatre pilot on student development over the three-year period of the program in nine behavioral areas:
• Creativity • Critical thinking • Metacognition (reflection)
• Life satisfaction • Attitudes about doing arts • Problem solving with others with different ideas
• General outlook for the future • Collaboration • Self-efficacy
JumpStart Theatre Class I, 2015-2018:
Holmes Middle School Finneytown Middle School James N. Gamble Montessori High School
Covington, KY Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH
JumpStart Theatre Class II, 2016-2019:
Aiken New Tech High School Dater High School Felicity-Franklin Middle School
Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH Felicity, OH
JumpStart Theatre Class III, 2017-2020:
Clark Montessori High School Oyler School Roberts Academy
Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati, OH
For more information about JumpStart Theatre, email JumpStartTheatre@schooltheatre.org.