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YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT: BRINGING MUSICAL THEATRE TO UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH

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Date Issued:
2010
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In an age of standardized testing and quality-controlled classrooms, teachers have lost the freedom to integrate imagination and creativity in their lessons, ultimately cheating todayÂÂ's youth. In the classroom, students no longer have the outlets that transport them from the harsh realities of life. This thesis is an attempt to provide a venue for the Orange County Public School System that will engage the imaginations of under-represented or underprivileged students. The thesis will chronicle the development of a script with the intent of producing it in Title I elementary schools located in lower socio-economic areas of Orlando, Florida. The script will be based on Hans Christian AndersonÂÂ's fairy tale ÂÂ"The Ugly Duckling.ÂÂ" The final product will be a musical theatre piece to take into the school system to be performed by the students. The body of the thesis will contain my prior experiences of bringing musical theatre to underprivileged youth. The document will also include chapters detailing the process of creating the script and composing the music. Research will determine the socio-economic challenges prevalent in the under-represented cultures in the urban schools of Orlando. Finally, the thesis will contain a section of the actual script and will conclude with a chapter summarizing the reactions to the first reading of the play
Title: YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT: BRINGING MUSICAL THEATRE TO UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH.
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Name(s): Tsurumaki, Megan, Author
Boyd, Belinda, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: In an age of standardized testing and quality-controlled classrooms, teachers have lost the freedom to integrate imagination and creativity in their lessons, ultimately cheating todayÂÂ's youth. In the classroom, students no longer have the outlets that transport them from the harsh realities of life. This thesis is an attempt to provide a venue for the Orange County Public School System that will engage the imaginations of under-represented or underprivileged students. The thesis will chronicle the development of a script with the intent of producing it in Title I elementary schools located in lower socio-economic areas of Orlando, Florida. The script will be based on Hans Christian AndersonÂÂ's fairy tale ÂÂ"The Ugly Duckling.ÂÂ" The final product will be a musical theatre piece to take into the school system to be performed by the students. The body of the thesis will contain my prior experiences of bringing musical theatre to underprivileged youth. The document will also include chapters detailing the process of creating the script and composing the music. Research will determine the socio-economic challenges prevalent in the under-represented cultures in the urban schools of Orlando. Finally, the thesis will contain a section of the actual script and will conclude with a chapter summarizing the reactions to the first reading of the play
Identifier: CFE0003408 (IID), ucf:48397 (fedora)
Note(s): 2010-12-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Department of Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): Musical Theatre
Children's Theatre
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003408
Restrictions on Access: public
Host Institution: UCF

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