The Minnetonka School District is offering a new arts experience for its elementary students.
“This is a huge undertaking for us,” said Trent Boyum, artistic director of the new project. “Our district is very dedicated to the arts and wanted to create a new opportunity for elementary students."
In order to include a large number of students, staff decided to produce a stage musical at each school. They’ve found a really new and innovative way to involve all of the students interested in musical theatre.
The district will produce the same musical, "Disney’s 101 Dalmatians," at all six of its elementary schools. Stage directors have been hired to head up each individual show. To keep costs low, each cast will share the same sets, costumes, props, lights and sound. Many parent volunteers have pulled together to support a professional team of designers in creating the “look” of the show.
“This is more than a simple elementary school pageant,” said Boyum. “It will be a really big and professionally produced production, a great learning experience for our kids, and a wonderful chance for families to celebrate the arts in our elementary schools.”
The first production will open on Feb. 11 at with performances at 1 and 5 p.m. and continue for six weeks through March 24. Performances are open to the public.
Show: Disney’s 101 Dalmatians
All shows on stage at auditorium:
– Feb 11 (1 and 5 p.m.)
– Feb 25 (1 and 7 p.m.)
– March 3 (1 and 7 p.m.)
– March 10 (1 & 7pm)
– March 17 (1 and 7 p.m.)
– March 24 (1 and 7 p.m.)
Tickets: All seats $10
Produced by: the Minnetonka School District
Artistic Director: Trent Boyum
Location: Excelsior Elementary School Theatre
441 Oak Street ● Excelsior, Minnesota
Info and tickets at www.minnetonkatheatre.com