The 14th Annual Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Broadway Junior Student Finale was held May 14 at the Imperial Theatre. On hand to host the event were Ain't Too Proud stars James Harkness and Jawan M. Jackson.
Sponsored by The Shubert Foundation, MTI, and the New York City Department of Education, the annual event is the culmination of a mentorship program that helps public schools build sustainable theatre education programs. More than 500 students from participating schools in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan performed numbers from their Broadway Junior productions at the finale.
Take a look at photos from the special event below.
Photos: Go Inside the 14th Annual Shubert Foundation/Music Theatre International Broadway Junior Student Finale
Shows represented this year included Hairspray JR., Once on This Island JR., Disney's Aladdin JR., Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR., Legally Blonde the Musical JR., Disney's The Lion King JR., Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR., Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., and Madagascar JR.
Schools in the second year of the three-year program each performed a number at the event. This year's schools were Ebbets Field Middle School 352 in Brooklyn, George J. Ryan Middle School 216 in Queens, Hamilton Grange Middle School in Manhattan, J.H.S. 131 Albert Einstein Campus in Bronx, Lafayette Academy in Manhattan, M.S. 226 Virgil I. Grissom JHS in Queens, P.S. 111Q Jacob Blackwell School in Queens, P.S. 214 The Lorraine Hansberry Academy in Bronx, P.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill School in Brooklyn, P188X in Bronx, P53K in Brooklyn, P79M Dr. Horan School in Manhattan, PS/MS 207Q Rockwood Park School in Queens, and School for Global Leaders in Manhattan.
Schools from the third year of the program, which participated in Shubert/MTI Musical Ensembles, included Academy for Young Writers in Brooklyn, Accion Academy in Bronx, Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 in Queens, Corona Arts and Sciences Academy in Queens, I.S. 14 Shell Bank in Brooklyn, I.S. 220 John J. Pershing School in Brooklyn, I.S. 96 Seth Low School in Brooklyn, In-Tech Academy MS/HS 368 in Bronx, J.H.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck School in Queens, J.H.S. 218 James P. Sinnott School in Brooklyn, M.S. 101 The Edward Byrne School in Bronx, M.S. 442 School for Innovation in Brooklyn, The Math & Science Exploratory School MS 447 in Brooklyn, Mott Hall IV in Brooklyn, New Heights Middle School 722 in Brooklyn, One World Middle School at Edenwald in Bronx, P.S./I.S. 208 in Queens, P.S./I.S. 270Q The Gordon Parks School in Queens, P.S./I.S. 30 Mary White Ovington in Brooklyn, P.S./M.S. 42Q R. Vernam School in Queens, South Bronx Academy for Applied Media in Bronx, and West End Secondary School in Manhattan.