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Local students shine in Disney showcase at Wharton Center

Posted: 9:29 AM, Jun 01, 2017
Updated: 2017-06-01 09:29:02-04

This week, elementary school students from Lansing came together at MSU's Wharton Center to show off their skills in mini-versions of Disney musical favorites. FOX 47 News Lora Painter has an inside look what the kids put together with the help of Wharton and Disney professionals.

The kids work with teaching artists to learn, practice and perform their first ever school musicals. The goal of the nationwide program is to help make sustainable theater programs in local schools and teach kids life skills.

Lisa Mitchell with the Disney Theatrical Group said, "The arts are so important in a well rounded education. Kids are facing so many different things in their daily lives and the arts equip them to really encounter those things. The students are also learning things like confidence and creativity and public speaking and collaboration, and empathy, and working to create something bigger than an individual."

Teaching artists from Disney and the Wharton Center helped these kids produce half-hour, mini musicals and all the while boosting kids' self-esteem and confidence in the process.