Broadway to Welcome Six Teachers To The Eleventh Annual 'Freddie G Fellowship'

This year teachers will attend a special master class led by Tony Honor winning director and choreographer Jeff Calhoun.

By: Jul. 11, 2022
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Broadway to Welcome Six Teachers To The Eleventh Annual 'Freddie G Fellowship'

Six outstanding educators from schools and performing arts centers around the U.S. will work one-on-one with Broadway professionals at the 11th Annual FREDDIE G FELLOWSHIP July 14th - 17th. The teachers were selected in 2020, but due to the pandemic the New York experience was delayed. The event is underwritten by Freddie ("G") Gershon, Co-Chairman of the global theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI), and his wife Myrna. Dozens of educators attending the 2020 annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta and the Junior Theater Festival West in Sacramento with thousands of attendees, applied for the program, and six in total were selected (a full list follows). The Junior Theater Festival is the world's largest musical theatre festival dedicated to educational musical theatre groups that work with elementary, middle, and high school students.

The classes and activities honor instructors and teachers who are working to make a difference for their students and communities through the process of staging musical theatre productions in their schools and educational theatre groups. In addition to the all-expense paid visit to New York, each of the teachers' schools receives $5,000 from Freddie and Myrna. The teachers are empowered to identify and select how their respective school's theatre program can best utilize the funds. To date the Gershon's have donated one million dollars to the program.

"The four days will fully engage the winning teachers in the Broadway musical theatre world and provide one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for them to take back to their schools, students and communities," says Gershon. "These teachers perform inspiring work with limited financial resources. We want to give them the opportunity to live the Broadway experience and interact with qualified professionals to reward them for all they do to introduce the next generations to live theatre and simultaneously enhance their knowledge, skills and experience. The teaching Fellows act as peer to peer guiding lights, viz: teachers helping teachers in their quest to mount the best Junior shows. With 80 plus teachers as Fellows, they pass on tips and skills learned in New York during the week to others."

This year teachers will attend a special master class led by Tony Honor winning director and choreographer Jeff Calhoun and will participate in dynamic classes covering many aspects of musical theatre. They will be immersed in Broadway, will attend productions of Between The Lines, Beetlejuice and observe a developmental workshop performance of Beetlejuice JR. During the workshop, the teachers will experience Broadway as theatre their feedback to the developmental process from their p.o.v. The week's programs are coordinated by iTheatrics, the world's leading authority on musical theater for young people. Timothy Allen McDonald, who wrote the book for the musical Between The Lines, is also the Founder & CEO of iTheatrics. In coordination with MTI and Disney Musicals, iTheatrics produces the Junior Theater Festivals and adapts Broadway musicals for performance by elementary, middle, and high school students, with intuitive teaching resources.

"Without teachers there is no Broadway Junior. Myrna and I feel strongly about teachers and their significant role. This week gives us an opportunity to immerse them in experiential skills they can take home, integrate with their students, and pass on to other teachers," added Gershon." Live theatre and the arts are thriving with the private sector supporting both educators and children," said Myrna, "and teachers deserve to be appreciated."

Following are the six teachers attending the 11th Annual Freddie G Fellowship

Dana Alvarez Cape Coral, Florida
Terry Hale Elgin, Oregon
Megan Kelly Bates Dallas, Texas
Krissy Brown Springfield, Ohio
Michelle Campbell Elk Grove, California
Chad Haney Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Music Theatre International

Music Theatre International is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, protecting the rights and legacies of composers, lyricists and book writers. MTI's core business is issuing licenses, scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to schools as well as amateur and professional theatres across the globe.

With over 400 classic and contemporary show titles from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London's West End, MTI shows have been performed by over 100,000 theatrical organizations in the US and in more than 150 countries.

MTI is a strong proponent of educational theatre. In 1996 (after a two-year developmental incubation period) then MTI Chairman and CEO Freddie Gershon launched "MTI's Broadway Junior musicals" - 30 and 60-minute shows for younger performers. In 2012 he was awarded a Tony Honor for conceiving and creating this revolutionary program. During the past twenty-one years over 5,000,000 students and over 500,000 educators have been involved in at least one of the close to 200,000 global productions of a Broadway Junior musical.

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