Performing on stage is an invaluable experience for any young child. Theater teaches children important values, such as commitment and dedication. Most importantly, theater teaches children how to grow into the adults that they want to become. It helps them learn to accept others as well. For these reasons, theater is a great activity that teaches valuable life skills for the future. We understand that budgets are getting smaller and smaller and it is becoming harder to fund extra-curricular activities such as this, but this year Macy’s is offering you and your school an amazing new musical- royalty free- to perform with your students!
With YES VIRGINIA THE MUSICAL your students can learn the self-confidence needed to perform on stage in front of an audience. Being part of a play shows children that there are people who appreciate them and helps build up self-esteem with each round of applause they receive. Being new to the stage can be scary for some students but when they all work together they can overcome their fears and put on a great performance together.
Debuting as an animated special in 2009, YES VIRGINIA THE MUSICAL was inspired by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon, who in 1897 wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there is a Santa Claus. The Sun’s editor, Francis P. Church responded with a poignantly worded essay on the importance of believing, including the famous lines “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist…” His response became one of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time and served as the inspiration for Macy’s “Believe” campaign, which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this December. YES VIRGINIA THE MUSICAL takes this popular story from the small screen to school stages nationwide, sharing a message of hope, love and generosity with families from coast-to-coast. Visit www.yesvirginiamusical.com/ for more information about the musical and to download you script and score to get started today!