Putting on a very professional and successful theater performance contributes to young peoples' skills and self-esteem.
Project SUCCESS coordinates the entire performance with the support of the participating school. All youth who want to participate are given a role. Students work in front of and behind the scenes, directly with professional directors and musicians and quality sound, sets and lighting.
Putting on a very professional and successful theater performance contributes to young peoples' skills and self-esteem. Teachers report students raising their grade point averages and becoming more motivated after being part of a Project SUCCESS musical.
Recent musical theater productions have included Into the Woods, Annie, Seussical, Beauty and the Beast, and A Year With Frog and Toad. Students at Sanford, Marcy Open and Anwatin Middle Schools are invited to audition for their schools full-scale musicals produced by Project SUCCESS. Audition information is posted well in advance. Rehearsal information is mailed to students' homes, and performance information is sent to school families' homes.
In an effort to engage a variety of talents, the artistic enrichment experiences may also take the shape of spoken word performances, modest student-written plays, working with aerial artists (such as Xelias Aerial Arts), or artist residencies (such as our partnership with Mu Performing Arts). Each school’s experience is customized to the needs of the students and the school, and is curated and coordinated by our own Resident Artist, Jeffry Lusiak.
- Mad World: Voices from Middle School, a student-written and performed "jukebox" musical, which was performed at conferences in the Twin Cities and New York City
- The Stories Project, a collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, is an in-class program for English Language Learner students, utilizing theater as means to empower them to learn to articulate, write, rehearse, and perform their individual migration stories.
- “Project SUCCESS helped to bring the Mu Performing Arts Stories Program to our students. MPA created a fun, supportive and caring atmosphere where my students could share their stories. I heard loud and proud voices coming from students who were often quiet in the ELL classroom and always silent in their mainstream classes. These kids spoke about themselves and I believe that helps to make the difficult and long transition process to a new culture and world something they can begin to understand. They are given a chance to see themselves, and to understand that they are doing a difficult thing with great bravery. Bravo Theater Mu! And thank you, Project SUCCESS!” - Nathan Morphew, ELL teacher, Battle Creek Middle School
- Since 2007, Project SUCCESS has collaborated annually with Xelias Aerial Arts Studio to lead 8th grade students at Minneapolis' Northeast Middle School through aerial arts exercises. Students watch aerial artists peform and then have hands-on experiences — rotating between three stations led by a Xelias teacher.