WHAT IS STAGING THE FUTURE? Created by The American Theatre Guild, Staging the Future (STF) enables under-served young people to experience live musical theatre in the cities we serve. The program is funded by the generosity of The American Theatre Guild season members. More than partially or fully covering the cost of tickets to a show, STF funding assists with study guides, post-show talks and master classes which fully engage student groups. In many cases, these young people have never entered a theater or attended a touring Broadway show. For these children, this is the beginning of a life filled with love and passion for the performing arts. In the 2018-19 season, Staging the Future awarded more than $18,000 in grants that allowed 1700 students to experience all of the magic of touring Broadway • In Phoenix, at the historic Orpheum Theatre, 350 students experienced the Broadway classics CHICAGO and EVITA, laughed along with Elle Woods in LEGALLY BLONDE - The Musical and created lasting memories at SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN: In Concert. • In Birmingham at BJCC Concert Hall, 133 students found out the story behind the story with FINDING NEVERLAND, shared the holidays with Charlie Brown and all his friends and learned about strength of character with THE KING AND I. • Nearly 300 young people from all over the Kansas City metro area rocked out with the kids from SCHOOL OF ROCK, experienced the breathtaking classic THE SOUND OF MUSIC and travelled back in time with ANASTASIA. • In partnership with the Riverside Foundation, more than 500 students not only experienced Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, EVITA, KINKY BOOTS and CHICAGO, but took part in master classes ranging from dance and audition workshops to panel discussions about careers in theater beyond the stage. • In Santa Barbara, we shared the magic of Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA, the beauty of THE SOUND OF MUSIC and a little history with EVITA. • More than 100 area students had a chance to get loud with STOMP at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. • Elementary students in Wichita had the chance to learn nothing is “Impossible” with Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA at Century II Concert Hall.