The Broadway production of Matilda will welcome 360 New York City public school children and allow them to see their work performed by the musical's cast members.
The Broadway production of Matilda will welcome 360 New York City public school children and allow them to see their work performed by the musical's cast members.
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The Broadway League has awarded the Broadway productions of Act One, Matilda The Musical, and Violet $5,000 New York Education Grants to aid the growth and development of theater education in New York City. The grants will allow the shows to provide students and teachers with learning opportunities and the ability to see the productions for free.

Act One will provide 1,180 economically disadvantaged students and 25 teachers in 14 of New York City's public schools with an introduction to theater through Lincoln Center Theater's Open Stages High School program.

Matilda The Musical will provide 360 children in 12 New York City public schools with the "Write Here, Write Now" program where they will write a scene and song inspired by characters in the musical and then watch Broadway cast members perform their work. Violet will engage 120 middle school students and four teachers in Roundabout Theatre Company's module for the 92nd Street Y's "Art Collectors" program, where they will participate in a series of workshops to discover how theater can be used as a vehicle for self-expression.

The Broadway League established the New York Education Grants in 2002 to recognize education initiatives and to support further programs for Broadway shows.