Music Doing Good in Schools Lights up the Hobby Center with On Broadway

The students who participate in Music Doing Good in Schools return to the Hobby Center stage to present On Broadway on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Children from Cummings Elementary School, Stevenson Middle School, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center (GLEC), Chavez High School, Lamar High School and Alice Johnson Middle School collaborated all year on this ambitious production, culminating in the dynamic performance that brings together history, dance, music, theatre, film and original songs. Tickets are now on sale at the box office (located at 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002) for adults ($20) and children under 12 ($10). Tickets may also be purchased online at www.thehobbycenter.org or by calling 713.315.2525.

On Broadway is Music Doing Good in Schools’ fifth original production. Through the magic of theatre, audience members will be granted backstage access to the audition process as the students portray promising performers in search of their big “break.” “With an emphasis on curriculum and instruction, we work with each campus in a customized way utilizing differentiated instruction, so that the children are receiving optimum learning opportunities. Students are being pushed hard to step up and be professionals. They have to learn quickly just like they would in a professional stage production. They are also taking on a lot of responsibility, as if they were a member of a Broadway cast,” remarks program director, Aisha Ussery.

On Broadway also includes a collaboration with costume and fashion designer, Lord Andrew of Lord Andrew Couture, who will build costumes for the production. Additionally, renowned choreographer, writer and director, Patdro Harris, presented a workshop for GLEC students in November. On the evening of the performance, makeup guru Victoria Callaway will lend her remarkable talent preparing student faces for the stage.

Music Doing Good is honored to work with community partners, Salata and Catering To Your Taste Buds, which will provide meals to the hard-working students over their long day of rehearsal and performance at the Hobby Center on May 20th.

In addition to the students, Houston musicians Starlic Williams (drums), Gary Weldon (trumpet) and Urica Fernandez (bass) will round out the sound along with Music Doing Good artists, Rodney Waters (keyboard) and Phillip Hall (piano).

Music Doing Good in Schools engages the whole child in this innovative fine arts program designed to educate and empower students of Title 1 schools. The year-long program culminates in a dynamic student-driven performance at one of Houston’s premier performing arts venues. The program is TEKS-aligned and challenges students to develop important life skills such as critical-thinking, conflict resolution, collaboration, leadership, and self-confidence. Participants are encouraged to ignite their creativity and hone their craft of self-expression. The program extends beyond the music to strengthen families, schools and communities.

Music Doing Good is a nonprofit arts organization that inspires and transforms children’s lives through innovative, music-based programming and performance experiences. The outreach programs bring musical enrichment to children in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities. The programs use music to stimulate minds, spark creativity and ignite imagination. Other Music Doing Good outreach programs include:

Music Doing Good with Instruments collects, refurbishes and grants free gently-used instruments to underserved children and underfunded school districts.

Music Doing Good with Scholarships grants funds to music students, grades 4 – 12, for private lesson, tuition and music festivals.

Music Doing Good touches the lives of thousands of individuals annually as we strive to create a world where we all live in concert.

For more information, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org or call 713.294.9034.