NYC arts education nonprofit Inside Broadway, which is led by executive director Michael Presser, and the Broadway revival of Cats will partner with the NYC Public School system in 2016-17 to provide arts education programs to thousands of students in over 30 schools, both in the classroom and on Broadway.
On December 12, the Neil Simon Theatre will be visited by over 2,500 NYC students as Inside Broadway presents its free Creating the Magic program. Featuring the cast and production crew of Cats, the 70-minute program will be offered at 11 AM and 1:45 PM.
The students, according to a press release, will get a “behind-the-scenes look at the inner world of Broadway and learn about career opportunities in the theater. From exciting set, lighting and sound demonstrations, musical performances from the cast and a Q&A session, attendees will have a special behind-the-scenes look at a Broadway show featuring members of the Cats cast and production crew.”
In a statement Presser says, “It is a great pleasure to begin our 35th anniversary season with one of our original partners, the Broadway musical Cats. When I started Inside Broadway in 1982 with Bernie Jacobs and The Shubert Organization I certainly had no expectation that a weekly student ticket program with a new musical would develop over 35 years into an organization that would introduce hundreds of thousands of children to their first experience of live theatre. It is a great honor and pleasure to renew our relationship with Cats, one of Broadway’s legendary musicals, as we begin to celebrate this important year in our organization’s history.”
For more information on Inside Broadway, visit www.InsideBroadway.org.
Check out footage from the current Broadway revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical below: