Going Behind the Mask is an eight-week, language arts, music and theater appreciation program that utilizes the themes presented in the national touring Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera to engage high school and middle school students in a unique and interactive learning experience.
From October 12 through November 21, 2017, students will attend a series of two-hour, weekly workshops at the Palace Theater that will incorporate hands-on activities, reading and written reflections and group discussions that explore the elements of musical theater that made a dramatic work, like The Phantom of the Opera, enduring. In addition to analyzing how music and lyrics enhance characterization in a musical production, students will also discuss how the pivotal decisions we make impact our lives and the lives of others.
As the main educational component of the program, students will work with teaching artists to discuss and define a “hero” and expand their understanding of a “hero” by examining the characteristics of the Byronic hero. Students will be responsible for developing and presenting their own final project in the medium of their choice (i.e. song, poem, collage/artwork, etc) based on socially conscious themes they deem important. They will then present their projects in front of an audience of their peers during the final workshop at the theater.
In addition to attending these workshops, participants will receive complimentary tickets to attend a performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the Palace on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and will have the opportunity to participate in a post-show Q&A with members of the cast.
Going Behind the Mask is a grant funded program sponsored by the American Savings Foundation. Twenty-five spots are available for interested students and participation is free.
For more information on how YOUR school or student can participate in this program, contact Audra Mailhot, Education Programs Manager, at [email protected].