Kid's Version Specifics
The Lower Elementary or "Kid's" version of Maria Montessori: The Musical is accessible to 1st-3rd grade groups. It is mostly song based, with easy to learn, line-by-line narration tying the scenes together.
Maria Montessori, The Musical takes audiences into the life of a remarkable girl who dared to be different and changed the world as a result.
Raised in late-1800’s Italy, young Maria clashes with her father over her desire to study “boy” subjects like science and math. Against his wishes and the unified opposition of polite society, she enrolls in the University of Rome to become a physician. Overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, she excells and graduates with high honors, winning over all of her critics, her father included.
In 1896, She is the first female in Italy to earn a doctorate of medicine.
Immediately, she throws herself into the the most challenging area of medical study - the treating of mentally handicapped children in Rome’s insane asylums. Drawing inspiration from great doctors and philosophers of the past, Maria develops a method by which the children from the asylums learn to read and write. After this astounding success, Maria begins to suspect that the method she had developed might work for typical students.
In time, she is given the opportunity to direct a slum school - a job no one else wants. She jumps at the opportunity, and what follows is nothing short of miraculous.
Her discoveries engender a worldwide movement and make an indelible impact on the history of education.
Kid's Song List
Children of the World
Anything But That
The Anatomy Lab
Power In My Hands
Love of Learning
Children of the World (Reprise)
Kid's Cast List
Alessandro - Maria’s father
Chorus: The chorus plays an important role in framing and musically narrating many scenes. At least 10 students are necessary during chorus numbers. Chorus members may also play supporting roles.