Each year, over 180 schools in NY bring professional theatre to students
Years of Experience
With 40+ years of expertise, we’re a pioneer and a leader in arts education
Our program brings your district a series of 13 separate school visits
Your district can afford to bring live theatre to every student!
Each year, more than 180 schools in New York State bring live professional theatre to over 100,000 students in grades K–12 — and enhance learning at a remarkably low cost.
How? Through the K–12 Sequential Dramatics Program, produced by Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre. With more than 40 years of expertise, we are a pioneer and a leader in arts education.
Our complete series of curriculum-based plays, classroom lessons, and creative workshops spans the school year to provide a continuum of learning across the grade levels.
As standards evolve, so do we.
We are committed to enhancing your curriculum delivery—well beyond simply entertaining your students.
The Sequential Dramatics Program supports New York State Learning Standards for English Language Arts. Certain grade levels also include history, social studies, science, and math components.
A “staircase of complexity” is built into our K-12 program. We help each grade attain readiness goals with progressive concepts, syntax, and vocabulary.
Our program began decades ago in consultation with educators. As student learning objectives evolve, we continue to consult with administrative and teaching professionals from New York State school districts to adapt and refine our content.
K–12 Sequential Dramatics Program
With the K–12 Sequential Dramatics Program, Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre brings your district a series of 13 separate school visits that include:
- A preparatory in-class lesson followed by a single-grade stage performance for K–5 audiences
- Creative workshops that highlight careers in the arts using 21st Century Skills for grades 3, 4 and 5
- A statewide writing competition for grades 6, 7 and 8
- Multi-grade assemblies: K–2, 6–8 and 9–12
Each component addresses a specific level of academic progress and developmental readiness.
The complete program blends curriculum topics, character themes, creativity, teamwork, and a staircase of complexity in student participation.
Study Guides encourage teachers to augment the presentation, while supporting alignment with the New York State Learning Standards.
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Your students are the heart of our mission.
Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre is committed to fostering high-quality live theatre for K–12 students, as part of the cultural and economic heritage of New York State. Generous support for this mission allows us to keep the cost to your district minimal.