Our Musical Theater Program is a rigorous and multi-faceted training that combines singing, dancing and acting. This year-long program challenges children in enriching ways that help them soar past inhibition to experience the joy of ensemble preparation and performance, while seamlessly adding English language acquisition to the mix. Decades later, former students tell us that their musical theater experience was a key moment in their young lives.
L’Ecole Koenig was the first music school in France to produce a full-scale Broadway show with a cast of children. Our 1998 production of Peter Pan played to a packed house three nights running in the prestigious Salle Adyar of Paris. The production was the first of many, including My Fair Lady, Annie, The Sound of Music, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Anagana, an original work commissioned by the school. These memorable productions have involved hundreds of students of all ages. Our youngest children have been Munchkins and Oompa Loompas; our teenagers have reveled in the challenging roles of Professor Higgins or Mrs. Hannigan.
Preproduction weeks are full of eager anticipation, gleeful last-minute preparations, and mutual encouragement. Friendships are formed, stage-fright is overcome, and the collective pride we see at curtain call is palpable.