Arts Matter in our schools: The Hanover integrates theater into the curriculum

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Working with local educators, the Hanover Theatre has helped bolster arts education and enhance the academic experience for many students in their community.

The Adopt-A-School Program introduces high school students to live theatre through an intensive 6-week curriculum. Students study the selected musical in school and also participate in sessions with education specialists from The Hanover Theatre.

Meghan Montaner, director of education at The Hanover Theatre, is looking forward to the collaboration and the show. “We’re excited about partnering with South High on DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL because of the local connection. Dr. Seuss was from Springfield, Mass. and went to Dartmouth College, so it’s nice to have that tie in.”

The Adopt-A-School program has seen immense success for the past two years.

 “In my career of 38 years there are moments I remember that make me smile; the Adopt-A-School Program will be something I will remember as reaching deep into my soul-it had a powerful effect on both staff and students who participated in the program” says Maureen Binienda, principal at South High School. 

“Through the Adopt-A-School Program, students get access to quality theatre," says Meghan Montaner. "Integrating material from a production into the core curriculum enhances the students’ education, and makes the case that the arts matter in our schools. The Hanover Theatre is proud to share this impact and celebrate Arts Matter Day.”

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