The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts recently celebrated the culmination of a three-year expansion of its Broadway Reach arts education program with a performance by students from Lantana Elementary, Egret Lake Elementary, Glade View Elementary and U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary prior to a matinee performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. Students’ artwork related to the performance was also displayed on the Dreyfoos Hall loge level.
The students’ performance and art exhibition were the culmination of a three-year, $106,500 grant from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties to expand Broadway Reach, a program designed to provide sequential arts education and exposure to live Broadway touring productions to nearly 100 underserved children from neighborhood afterschool programs. This year, students from Lantana, Egret Lake, Glade View and U.B. Kinsey/Palmview elementary afterschool programs were enrolled in Broadway Reach.
Following their song and dance numbers, the students and their family members enjoyed a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, as well as a catered lunch and a special meet-and-greet with the cast.
In selecting the Kravis Center for its grant, the Community Foundation noted that Broadway Reach not only offers students the opportunity to experience the professional world of a Broadway production, it also presents ideas for future career goals beyond their immediate community.
The nearly 100 students experience a series of intensive, interactive arts education sessions leading up to attending a live performance of the productions. Students explore the themes of the productions under the instruction of professional teaching artists from the community. This year’s program focus was on visual art, dance and voice through study of the culture and history of Thailand, the setting for The King and I. The students crafted paper lanterns and elephants from palm tree husks, learned a song medley from the musical, and staged a dance piece to the musical’s iconic song, “Getting to Know You.”
For more than 25 seasons, the Kravis Center has helped students of all ages fuel their imaginations and expand their lives through comprehensive arts education programs. Last season, nearly 60,000 children from Palm Beach, Broward, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties attended performances through the S*T*A*R Series. The Center’s Admission Waiver Program ensures that no child is denied access to a performance based on ability to pay. To learn more about the Kravis Center’s educational programming and download an education brochure, please visit kravis.org/education.