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The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen Program

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Published on Sep 29, 2016

This video features The ASCAP Foundation's Children Will Listen program.

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In 2005, a children’s education program was established at The ASCAP Foundation in honor of legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Gypsy) to bring the musical theatre experience to students nationwide. The program was named after the song “Children Will Listen” from Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods. The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program introduces the American Musical Theater to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it.

How does this free program work? Every year, a school or summer camp within the United States is identified to benefit from the Children Will Listen program and a Broadway show is chosen as the focus of the program’s lessons. Classroom materials are provided to the teachers to introduce the topic of musical theatre production and a member of the Broadway show’s creative team conducts a class with the students. A week or so later, it’s show time! All of the kids are transported by chartered buses to an exciting world-class musical theatre, each child with a premium Broadway show ticket in their hand. Immediately following the matinee performance, and as the rest of the public is exiting, the children are moved to the front rows of the theatre for a fantastic question and answer session with the stars and creative team of the show before saying a fond farewell.

To date, The ASCAP Foundation Children Will Listen program has introduced the many facets of world-class musical theatre production to hundreds of economically disadvantaged kids nationwide.

To make top-notch programs like this one possible, The ASCAP Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, relies on gifts from donors like you. Please join our efforts by making a donation at: bit.ly/ASCAPfoundation

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