‘Broad­way Class­room’ gives their re­gards to China

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By HONG XIAO in New York xi­ao­hong@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

The Broad­way Class­room pro­gram, in which Broad­way per­form­ers and Amer­i­can mu­si­cal the­ater arts pro­fes­sion­als pro­vide train­ing to young­sters, will make its in­ter­na­tional de­but in China soon.

Part­ner­ing with China’s mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion-con­sult­ing firm, Mo­tif Mu­sic, the John Gore Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s on­go­ing Broad­way Class­room pro­gram will visit seven schools and two or­ga­ni­za­tions, with the goal of in­struct­ing more than 1,000 Chi­nese stu­dents in Shang­hai and Wuhan from Jan 9-19.

“We are thrilled to make Broad­way Class­room’s de­but in China in the New Year,” said John Gore, owner and CEO of the or­ga­ni­za­tion that bears his name.

Broad­way Class­room is the ed­u­ca­tion-en­gage­ment ini­tia­tive of Group Sales Box Of­fice (GSBO) at Broad­way.com, part of the Gore fam­ily of com­pa­nies.

“With the rapid rise of Chi­nese tourists at­tend­ing Broad­way shows in NYC and across the US, we wanted to bring Broad­way to young and in­spir­ing Chi­nese artists by part­ner­ing with Mo­tif Mu­sic,” he said.

Mo­tif Mu­sic is a for-profit pri­vate mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion com­pany head­quar­tered in Shang­hai that con­sults sev­eral school dis­tricts in im­ple­ment­ing in­stru­men­tal and the­atri­cal mu­sic pro­grams into their schools.

“We first en­gaged our stu­dents with Broad­way Class­room in July 2016, since they wanted to see and learn more about Broad­way, per­form the­ater and use this cre­ative ex­pe­ri­ence to im­prove their English,” said Wei-Pin Shen, gen­eral man­ager of Mo­tif Mu­sic.

“We want to ex­pose Chi­nese stu­dents and mu­sic ed­u­ca­tors to the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence at the high­est lev­els and are con­fi­dent that the best way for us to do that is to part­ner with Broad­way.com in this ex­cit­ing de­but in China,” Shen said.

Stephanie Lee, pres­i­dent of Group Sales Box Of­fice, Broad­way.com/Groups in­tro­duced the seven schools, in­clud­ing march­ing bands and mu­si­cal the­ater pro­grams, that Mo­tif Mu­sic will teach.

The schools are: Shang­hai No. 3 Girls’ High School, Hongqiao In­ter­na­tional School, Wan­hangdu Road Pri­mary School, No. 3 Cen­tral Pri­mary School, Wei­hai Road No. 3 Pri­mary School, Wusi Mid­dle School and Mingx­i­ang Ex­per­i­men­tal School. The events in Wuhan will be held in a lo­cal book­store and public li­brary for school prin­ci­pals, teach­ers and stu­dents.

Lee said there al­ready is sig­nif­i­cant and grow­ing in­ter­est from schools out­side of the dis­tricts and as far away as Tai­wan, “which we hope to be able to in­clude in fu­ture pro­grams”.

Mu­si­cal the­ater arts pro­fes­sion­als par­tic­i­pat­ing in­clude, Broad­way Class­room Pro­gram Di­rec­tor Vicki Plum­mer and Stephen Car­rasco ( Fid­dler on the Roof, Kinky Boots). They will put on 10 events for stu­dents in seven schools and two lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing re­hearsals, mas­ter classes and per­for­mances.

“Each event will be a 90-minute ‘ Broad­way to Your School/ Com­mu­nity’ pre­sen­ta­tion and work­shop, in­clud­ing 30 min­utes of in­tro­duc­tions to Broad­way mu­si­cals and Broad­way Class­room, 30 min­utes of dance and move­ment work­shop, and 10 to 15 min­utes of pro­fes­sional per­for­mance given by the Broad­way teach­ing artist, Stephen Car­rasco,” Lee said.

“We have an in­ter­preter with us through­out … and we have cho­sen some the­ater games and dance specif­i­cally for the lack of a lan­guage bar­rier,” Lee said.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A Broad­way Class­room, as seen on the pro­gram’s web­site.

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