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Grant provides free Disney theater program for local schools

Grant provides free Disney theater...

MADISO, Wis. - If you love theater, you know the arts can be expensive, but a program from Disney is looking to change that for local schools in Madison.

In the program, students perform such musicals as Lion King, Cinderella, the Jungle Book and Aladdin.

Four public elementary schools were selected to learn how to produce, choreograph, perform and direct their own show for free. The 17-week program hosted by the Overture Center is funded through Disney. The program's goal is to create theater programs in underserved schools.

"I see in all of these schools inspiring performers and I can see who they are and this bug bit them and they are going to be lifelong learners and appreciative in art and theater," said Tim Sauers, vice president of programming at the Overture Center.

Falk, Glendale, Hawthorne and Medota elementary students performed at their own schools first before taking to the stage today at the Overture Center.

Sauers said the experience isn't just to celebrate the arts. It also  teaches students problem solving, communication and self confidence.

The Overture Center will select up to five different schools for next school year. Sauers hopes they will find additional funding to continue the program in future years.

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