Do your students have what it takes to be the next hit Broadway musical producers? In this civics learning game, students assume the role of a theater producer adapting true events from United States history to the stage. It’s up to them to observe, reflect, and question primary sources taken from the Library of Congress’ archives to create a new smash Broadway musical hit that is historically accurate and celebrates the power of ordinary citizens in creating change. Students work with the different theatrical departments to learn about a number of important aspects of creating a musical, such as costuming, set design, writing, and music. Once all the mini-games are complete, they are rewarded with a scene from their musical on opening night, completely personalized to them using the creative choices they made throughout their game experience.
Game Development Partners: FableVision, Library of Congress, Maryland Public Television, Maryland Humanities, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University
Age Range: Grades 6-8
Standards & Learning Objectives: History, Language and Literacy, Music, Civics