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TADA!'s Off-Site Arts Education Programs

Bring TADA!'s popular Camps to your school, camp, day care, community center or business! With programs across the metro area, TADA! delivers great musical theater programs for kids in your community.

Through musical theater and drama led by caring, highly-skilled Teaching Artists - TADA! provides students with the opportunity to thrive both on stage and in life. Personal and creative growth take place in a structured and supportive environment where ensemble methods are taught to encourage cooperation and teamwork. These classes provide a forum for creative and emotional expression, while developing students' concentration, discipline, teamwork, confidence and public-speaking ability. Classes are taught by two Teaching Artists (a director/choreographer and a music director) with extensive experience in music, theater, dance and education. All offerings are age appropriate. TADA! tailors its programs to meet the needs of the school, classroom and community being served.

  • TADA! is an accredited vendor with New York City Department of Education.

For more information contact TADA!'s Director of Education, Rod Christensen, at rchristensen@tadatheater.com or ext. 115

IN-SCHOOL RESIDENCY PROGRAMS:

Through musical theater residencies held during the school day, TADA! engages students and teachers in active learning--through and about the arts during the classroom experience. TADA! uses theater to connect to school curricular units and gives students the skills to feel comfortable as musical theater performers. TADA! residencies incorporate the NYS Learning Standards and the NYC DOE Blueprint For Teaching and Learning in the Arts and provide a forum for creative and academic expression, while developing concentration, discipline, teamwork, confidence and public speaking ability.

In-School Residencies include:

  • Musical Theater Skills Building Residency: Students learn the skills necessary to participate as musical theater performers. Class begins with vocal exercises, acting games, stretching and dance. Students also learn musical numbers from TADA!'s repertoire of over 30 original musicals, written expressly for performance by children. Material may be chosen around a topic or concept from the current classroom curriculum.
  • Musical Theater Writing Residency: Students learn the skills involved in writing, composing and performing an original musical. Under the guidance of professional writers and composers, students create the libretto and score for an original musical. Students then rehearse and perform their original musical. This residency incorporates the academic curriculum extensively. The residency may also allow students to explore important issues in their lives. Past scripts have focused on topics as varied as immigration, Greek mythology, neighborhood history, teamwork and drug prevention.
  • Literacy-Integrated Residencies: Students use material being read in class to explore literary themes using drama, movement and song in preparation for an assembly program at the final session.
  • Professional Development: Classroom teachers learn how to incorporate theater arts, music and dance into their curriculum. (More information below.)

After-School Programs:

After the school day, students learn the necessity of teamwork as they put together an ensemble performance piece involving dance steps, songs and scenes. These workshops help to improve the group dynamic by addressing varying learning and behavioral styles. In addition, these programs help children develop theater skills.

After-School Programs include:

  • Musical Theater Skills Building: Students learn the music, dance and theater skills needed to become competent musical theater actors. Music is drawn from TADA!'s repertoire of over 30 original musicals which were written expressly for performance by children. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director and director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Musical Theater Play Building: For schools interested in a more in-depth residency program, TADA! offers a two-part creation and production workshop. Students create an original mini-musical or play, rehearse the scenes and songs, and perform it for the school community. This format may use thematic material as suggested by the school. Past scripts have centered on topics as varied as immigration, teamwork, and tolerance. Students work on their writing and performance skills, and the use of musical numbers to promote fun, active learning. Program includes: two Teaching Artists (music director & director/choreographer). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.
  • Drama Workshops: These workshops focus on the skills of the non-musical theater actor. Acting games, improvisation and scene development are used to prepare a presentation for family and schoolmates. Students explore ensemble work, develop theater skills and create characters as they work with topics as varied as world cultures, comedy, immigration and conflict resolution. Program includes: one Teaching Artist (Director). Up to 20 students per class. 2-hour and 1.5-hour sessions available.

Week-Long Camp Programs:

Similar to TADA!s on-site Week-long Camps, students rehearse and perform songs, choreography and scenes based on original TADA! shows and selections from Broadway over a five-day period (longer camps are also available). On the last day of the program, kids present their own mini-musical in a final performance for family and friends.

Personal and creative growth takes place in a structured and supportive environment. Ensemble methods are taught to encourage cooperation and positive, creative expression as kids develop their theatrical skills. Each camp has a unique theme and different musical numbers--depending on your program goals.

TADA! provides:

  • Two to three professional teaching artist/directors (Music Director, Choreographer & Director) with extensive experience in music, theater, dance and education
  • Songs, music, scripts and materials from one of TADA!'s original musicals
  • Our award-winning team-teaching and youth-centered approach
  • Our unique program format and structure including: skills building, rehearsal and performance

Professional Development Workshops for Teachers:

TADA! recognizes that teachers are students as well, looking for new ways to reach as many of their children as possible. By offering professional development to schools, TADA! provides effective Arts Education methodologies and tangible lesson plans that connect teacher practices to the NYS Learning Standards and NYC DOE Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts. TADA! also works to inspire and re-inspire teachers and to provide a comfort level with using theater and musical theater in the classroom.

TADA! Teaching Artists introduce classroom teachers to theater and provides them with skills necessary to enhance their academic curricula through the arts; engage in theater games and improvisation; become comfortable with basic directing and choreographing; and use theater for conflict resolution. Workshops include: Playwriting, Integrating Literacy and Theater Arts, Movement Games, Living Biography, Diction/Speech/Dialects, Early Childhood Teaching Techniques and Dalcroze Method (musical training through movement).

Selected Biographies of our Education Staff & Teaching Artists.