Performances by children for children and adults

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CHILDREN'S MUSICAL THEATRE, founded in 1977, training of chorus, with dance and acting; offering performances by children in auditoriums throughout public schools in Manhattan. It was founded at Third Street School and taken out into residence at District One's PS 19 on the Lower East Side from 1986-1993 where over 15 fully staged and musical theater works, some commissioned, others more traditional were presented. They were always sung, danced and acted BY New York City Public School Children. Staff members included choreographer: Joanne Edelmann; stage director Denny Partridge; Sasha Spielberg; Shelagh Krueger; Chris Van Graevenitz; Gianluca Tramontana; Laura Wolfe and many others.
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Students from Children's Musical Theater of P.S. 19
in Manhattan presented Cityscapes, a mini-musical revue
which took an historical look at the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

"Children who actively sing and play an instrument are involved in a "high" experience . . . They learn to focus, listen and hear – all necessary ingredients to prepare children for other educational disciplines as well as music . . . Without the immediate attention to the neglect of live music programs, we face the gradual erosion of our children's ability to discern, to respond, to build and to joyously participate in cultural activities of the next century"
Mimi Stern-Wolfe. "Point of View"
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Newsletter
OPERAS & MUSICAL THEATRE WORKS PERFORMED BY CHILDREN
FOR GENERAL AUDIENCES
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A LOT TO KEEP (1993) Endelman/Steyermark
THE MAGIC FEATHER (1992) Nicholas Scarim
CITY SCENES Alfred Balkin
THE BROOKLYN BASEBALL CANTATA Kleinsinger/Stratton
TOM PITCHER (1990, 1986) Kleinsinger/Tripp
THE FIRE MAID (1989, 1980) Long/Gulliver
CITYSCAPES (1988) Musical Revue/conceived Mimi Stern-Wolfe
WE LIVE IN THE CITY (1987) Balkin/Leavin
ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET SLOTH (1985) Nicholas Scarim
THE CDMT ALL CITY REVIEW (1985) Musical Revue/conceived Mimi Stern-Wolfe
THE BROOKLYN BASEBALL CANTATA (1984) George Kleinsinger
THE FIRE MAID (1983) Long/Gulliver
THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN (1982) Alfred Balkin
DON'T PARK IN OUR PARK (1981) Scarim/Leavin
THE TURTLE DRUM (1980) Malcolm Arnold
THE SNOW WOLF (1978) Malcolm Williamson
THE SEA JOURNEY (1977) Lord/Brown

The Magic Feather (1992)
by Nicholas Scarim
Commissioned by Downtown Music Productions
for Children's Musical Theater of P.S. 19, District I
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Three jesters and a big boss.

 

The Magic Feather (1992)
by Nicholas Scarim
Commissioned by Downtown Music Productions
for Children's Musical Theater of P.S. 19, District I
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Fallon Mattis holding "the Magic Feather".

 

Cityscapes
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DOWNTOWN: November, 1991
Children's Theater with a Conscience: Rapunzel Revisited by Susan Spitz; Mimi Stern-Wolfe's Kids take the stage at P.S. 19. "No more moaning , no more groaning/ We got to get together and turn it around" Mimi Stern-Wolfe composed song for community demonstrations and shows sung by Children's Downtown Musical Theatre . . .
STREETS Vol. 1, No. 2 (a community magazine for the Lower East Side by the graduate students of Columbia University)
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Cityscapes at P.S. 19

 

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The Firemaid
A Russian folk opera

 

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String Program
Students of District I

 

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Choral singing by the Children's Downtown Musical Theatre of P.S. 19

 

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NYC kids at P.S. 19 in District I
"Brother Can You Spare A Dime?"
Children's Musical Theatre

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