Mary Poppins Jr. was selected to be a part of the TURNAROUND ARTS initiative, a national program created by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several foundations and corporations. TURNAROUND ARTS empowers high-need, low-performing schools with innovative arts, dance, theater and music programs, arts integration across subject areas, arts resources, musical instruments, and high-profile artist mentors, as a proven strategy to help address broader school challenges and close the achievement gap. Through this partnership, scripts are provided to participating schools in need, while educational theatre experts serve as teaching artists and mentors, enabling a new generation of teachers and students to share the collaborative experience of musical theatre.
"The TURNAROUND ARTS program has exceeded not just our expectations, but our wildest hopes and dreams. With the help of this program and some School Improvement Grants, math and reading schools have gone up in these schools... attendance is up, enrollment is up... parent engagement is up... suspensions plummeted... and two of the schools in our pilot improved so dramatically that they are no longer in turnaround status. And today, the students in these schools are engaged in their education like never before." -Former First Lady Michelle Obama
By producing Mary Poppins Jr., TAG is proudly participating in the TURNAROUND ARTS initiative.
Mary Poppins Jr. , will be produced in the 2018-19 school year with special arrangement through Music Theatre International. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MITShows.com.