NYC Public School Students to Take Stage for High School Theatre Festival
The Shubert Foundation will welcome 150 students to work with Broadway veterans including Baayork Lee and Sasha Hutchings.
The fourth annual Shubert Foundation High School Theatre Festival will welcome 150 talented NYC public school students to Broadway's Shubert Theatre on March 19 to present selections from iconic musicals and plays.
Over the course of the day, students from five NYC high schools — Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, in Queens; Talent Unlimited High School, in Manhattan; William Cullen Bryant High School, in Queens; Professional Performing Arts High School, in Manhattan; and LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts, in Manhattan — will enjoy their first performance on a Broadway stage. Students will also attend a full day of acting workshops and technical guidance with teachers, DOE volunteers, college PA's and professional Broadway backstage crews, musicians, and actors. Sponsored by the Shubert Foundation, the festival is presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
The festival celebrates five outstanding high school student productions from the 2017-18 school year, which were selected from over 25 schools across the city. This year, student presentations from the following schools will present excerpted scenes and musical numbers as follows:
Frank Sinatra School of the Arts: Ragtime
Talent Unlimited High School: Machinal
William Cullen Bryant High School: Henry's Law
Professional Performing Arts High School: West Side Story
LaGuardia High School for Music, Art, and Performing Arts: 42nd Street
Among the Broadway stars scheduled to interact with the students over the course of the day are Tony Award winner Baayork Lee (choreographer, original cast of A Chorus Line) and Sasha Hutchings, from the original cast of Hamilton and currently in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady.
Additional celebrities and guests are to be announced.