Providence, RI  – The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)  and Disney are teaming up to offer middle and high school students in grades six through 12  in the following Rhode Island school districts free access to a pre-recorded streaming performance of DISNEY’S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL: Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket, Chariho, Cranston, Foster-Glocester, Johnston, Middletown, Block Island, Tiverton, and Woonsocket.  Streaming access will be available to these classrooms from April 1 – 30, 2021; registration is required. PPAC is distributing registration information to eligible classrooms. Educators in the listed school districts may contact Dana Brazil, PPAC’s Outreach and Engagement Director, at 401-574-3121 or dbrazil@ppacri.org with questions.
 
With the impact of the pandemic on theaters and schools, Disney is committed to innovating new ways for students to remain engaged with the performing arts. By providing this NEWSIES Virtual Fieldtrip, Disney is investing in the next generation of storytellers and inspiring them to create the futures they imagine. March is Theater in Our Schools Month – and now more than ever – students and teachers will benefit from the connection and engagement offered by events like this.
 
“Throughout this season, PPAC has been committed to providing Rhode Island students with access to the performing arts; we have been able to accomplish this mission by sharing the arts in a virtual format,” said Dana Brazil, PPAC’s Outreach and Engagement Director. “This virtual fieldtrip to PPAC to watch NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL is a fantastic opportunity for students to feel inspired and to ‘seize the day.’”
 
“Since the onset of the pandemic, we have been working to find creative and accessible ways to provide our content free to students and educators,” said Lisa Mitchell, Disney Theatrical Group’s Director of Education & Audience Engagement. “Earlier this year, we offered a virtually accessible version of The Lion King Experience, a unique holistic arts education program that provides students and educators an immersive introduction to theater-making through the lens of the Broadway production of The Lion King. We are now thrilled to offer NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL as a virtual field trip to 20 markets across the country in partnership with non-profit performing arts centers, including PPAC. They have an excellent reputation for delivering quality education programs, and we are excited to have them introduce this energetic and inspirational production to their students.”

ABOUT DISNEY’S NEWSIES: THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
NEWSIES, the new American musical, features a Tony Award-winning score with music by eight-time Academy Award®-winner Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman, a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions. NEWSIES is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, who won a 2012 Tony Award for his work on the show.  Since opening on Broadway in 2011, NEWSIES has played 1,711 performances between Broadway and the North American tour, to more than 2.5 million audience members in 65 cities across the country.  
 
In 2017, “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!” made its premiere in-cinemas nationwide. Captured live at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the film features original Broadway cast members, Jeremy Jordan,” as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie, and NEWSIES North American Tour stars Steve Blanchard as Joseph Pulitzer, Aisha de Haas as Medda Larkin, and Ethan Steiner as Les.  
 
Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical!” is currently streaming on Disney +.

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