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KidsWrites 2020-21: Time Capsule

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for Greater Milwaukee Area schools to participate in Skylight Music Theatre’s KidsWrites writing program! This year we are bringing KidsWrites to classrooms virtually which opens up the possibility for us to serve more students. Teachers and school administrators are invited to complete the form below to request a spot as a KidsWrites writing school.

KidsWrites is a music theatre revue that celebrates the hearts and minds of children with lyrics and dialogue written entirely by students in 3rd through 8th grade! KidsWrites is (usually) toured annually as a live performance to elementary and middle schools with local professional performers and an accompanist. Please take a moment to pause and watch this video if you haven’t heard of KidsWrites before:

Students participate in two (asynchronous and virtual this year) writing workshops where they learn about different forms of writing, storytelling, and music. During each workshop they are given time to write and are asked to submit 1-3 pieces. Around 30 pieces are selected from the thousands we receive to be transformed by a team of professional theatre artists into the annual KidsWrites revue comprised of student-written story and song. The show will be offered virtually this year to participating and non-participating schools as well as shared with the public.

This year’s KidsWrites theme is 2020-21: Time Capsule. We are in a strange, challenging, and historic time. Now more than ever, children need their voices to be heard. They too deserve the space in which to express and process what they feel.

The writing prompts center on, but are not limited to, the students’ experiences regarding current events such as the pandemic and how it has impacted their life, racial injustice, and the recent election. Though these topics may be challenging, we will deliver the prompts in a way that encourages students to find the hope and beauty in the world around them.

We have a limited amount of space for new schools. If your school is not selected to participate this year you can request to be put on our wait list and receive access for your students to a virtual "field trip" to view KidsWrites 2019-20 Me, Myself, & I! Due to generous sponsorship, there is no cost to participate in the field trip or writing workshops. All workshops and virtual field trip dates can be scheduled flexibly between November 30th and December 18th to accommodate classroom needs during this challenging school year.

To be considered for a spot in the program a teacher or administrator from the interested school should complete this form here by November 30th. Please note that submitting a request form does not guarantee your school a spot in the program. If you have any questions please email Education Manager, Amanda Marquardt at amandam@skylightmusictheatre.org.