POPPIN Debuts at the 2018 Harbor Youth Conference
POPPIN: THE MUSICAL is a stage production adapted and performed by students of the Harbor’s Performing Arts Academy.
Poppin is the son of a successful entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. He is trying to find his place in the world after studying abroad. He wants his shot at being successful—even more so than his father. The trouble is, Poppin’s idea of success is not what everyone else expects.
POPPIN is a musical theater piece adapted by students of the Harbor’s Performing Arts Academy, with guidance from their performer/teachers. The result is a musical that deftly weaves the themes of social justice and conscience. “This is one of the many ways in which Harbor students make work their own, and use theater as a truthful means of communicating ideas and inspiring action,” says Ms. Chloe McMillan, Performing Arts Director at Boys & Girls Harbor.
That’s what the Harbor is all about. We encourage effort and experimentation. It is what our performer/teachers are trained to bring out in every student. In this dynamic and empowering learning environment, all students are respected, the learning process is valued, and effort and creativity are encouraged every step of the way.
Students enter our program hungry for connections with like-minded artistic peers. Our teachers work hard to earn positive, growth-promoting relationships with our students. The Harbor’s Performing Arts Academy is a supportive community of student-artists, bound by mutual respect, tolerance, and the celebration of differences. Decades of teaching the performing arts has shown us that children and teens are eager to use their creativity, curiosity, and imagination. The Harbor gives them the time, the space, the structure, and the mentorship to do it.
And it is in this environment that the character of Poppin was born.
Afternoon workshops filled with learning, exploration, rehearsals, and improvisation—an extraordinary team-building activity in itself—allowed students to collaborate and devise storylines for “POPPIN: The Musical” and enliven the production’s characters. Through this process, students shared their own stories, and listened to others’ tales, a process that allows them to lower the barriers that keep them from self-awareness and positive risk-taking in an environment of trust and safety, and make them more willing to extend support, empathy, and understanding to their peers and others.
So what will become of Poppin, the character that now embodies the hopes and concerns of our Performing Arts students? Will Poppin be able to stay true to himself and his ideals and still lead the family business to new heights of greatness? Or will he give up, give out, and give in?
We invite you to find out—and enjoy a great evening of theater—when “POPPIN: The Musical” makes its world premiere at the 2018 Harbor Youth Conference on April 27, 2018.