Disney Musical in Schools

Imagine your students singing, acting, and dancing onstage, or working behind the scenes to make the magic happen. Disney Musicals in Schools at NJPAC presents a special opportunity for Greater Newark Area public elementary schools (including charter schools) to bring the magic of student performance to their communities. But the benefits of musical theater will last long after opening night.


From 21st Century skills like creativity and collaboration to social skills like confidence and empathy to academic skills like reading, speaking, and listening, musical theater engages students in dynamic ways. Why not add a little magic to your classroom?


Click here to download the application!

Applications due Fri, May 10, 2019.

 program goals 


The goals of Disney Musicals in Schools are to:

  • Create sustainable musical theater programs in public elementary schools.
  • Provide school faculty with the training and tools necessary to support student performance and production, and to empower them to do so.
  • Develop a critical awareness and appreciation of the arts within schools.
  • Develop a strong community including cultural organizations, students, parents, faculty, staff, and neighbors.
  • Expose students and school teachers to the wide spectrum of skills that are developed when producing a piece of musical theater, including: critical thinking, problem solving, ensemble building, communication, self-confidence, and interpersonal skills.


 available shows include 


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 program timeline 

May 10, 2019 Applications Due

May 13-17, 2019 Finalists notified for site visits

May 20-May 31, 2019 Site visits

Week of June 10, 2019 All applicants notified of status

September 12, 2019 Selected school orientation

September 2019 - February 2020 Reharsals and onsite support from NJPAC Teaching Artists

Week of February 3, 2020 School performances

February 10, 2020 Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share Celebration at NJPAC


 program eligibility 

Disney Musicals in Schools at NJPAC is an outreach initiative that develops sustainable musical theater programs in New Jersey public elementary schools (including charter schools). Schools throughout the state will be selected to participate in the 2019-20 program free of charge.

To be eligible for consideration, the school must meet the following qualifications:

  • New Jersey public schools (including charter schools) located in an urban school district.
  • Located within an Abbott School District OR have a District Factor Group Rating of A or B OR at least 25% of the student population is deemed to live at or below the poverty line.

Any New Jersey public elementary school meeting these qualifications is eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 10, 2019.


 program press 




The crowd roared | “Lion King” rules at Disney Musicals in Schools

- New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Newark Public Schools’ Students Perform Disney Musicals at NJ Performing Arts Center

- Newark Public Schools


Disney Partners with NJPAC to Teach Theater Education



Greater Essex and Hudson County Elementary School Students Present Disney Musicals in Schools

- BroadwayWorld