The pilot program will allow individuals to purchase a copy of Schumacher's latest book for young theatre fans ("How Does The Show Go On?") and "gift" the book to drama teachers within New York City's public school system. "This book exists because of the great inspiration of my childhood teachers," Schumacher commented.
Schumacher penned the 125-page interactive book with co-author Jeff Kurtti. "How Does the Show Go On?" takes young readers on the journey of a Broadway musical and what goes on behind the scenes and on stage in a Broadway theatre. From the creative team to the leading roles, Schumacher's book is loaded with personal anecdotes of his productions and detailed looks at many Disney stage-effects.
"How Does the Show Go On?" gives young readers insight into the world of theatre, including a glossary of theatre terms, costume designer's sketchbook, an authentic Playbill® program, a front and back-of-house guide, as well as the experience of a day in the life of a child performer.
"I wanted to create the kind of book about the theatre that I would have enjoyed when I was a kid," Schumacher explained. "It is also important to show young theatre lovers that there are countless career opportunities that do not involve being on stage."
Thomas Schumacher is the Tony Award-winning producer of Disney's The Lion King, as well as Aida, Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid. At Disney Feature Animation, Schumacher oversaw the development of such Disney films as "The Lion King," "Lilo and Stitch," "Tarzan," "Mulan," "The Emperor's New Groove," and "Pocahontas." The sponsorship cost is $20, which includes sales tax and shipping. To take part in the Gift-a-Book program and for further information, visit www.howdoestheshowgoon.com.