The Wonderful World of Disney Musicals explores the history of the animated features that we love and the stories that they tell. Disney animated features have always connected with audiences through clever characters, entertaining stories, and with memorable songs. When The Little Mermaid was released in 1989, a whole new generation of fans-and songwriters-were swept up into the magic of Disney musicals.
This program features local performers from Four Seasons Theatre to bring you the Disney songs that you know and love, followed by a talk-back with Hans Christian Andersen experts to engage the adult generation of Disney fans.
Libraries Involved: Belleville, Black Earth, Cambridge, DeForest, E.D. Locke, McFarland, Fitchburg, Marshall, Middleton, Oregon, Verona
April, 2019 – March, 2020
Explore the intersection of culture and mental illness through film, speakers and book discussions in hopes of increasing awareness and sensitivity to mental health issues and reducing the pervasive stigma attached.
Libraries Involved: Belleville, Black Earth, Cambridge, Madison Central, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee
Madison’s own Cork ‘n Bottle will bring songs and stories of bluegrass alive. Renowned country music historian, Bill Malone, will discuss the sociological and cultural influences which informed bluegrass’ development.
Libraries Involved: E.D. Locke, McFarland, Fitchburg, Marshall, Middleton, Oregon, Stoughton, Verona, Waunakee
July – August, 2019
Get a behind the scenes look at the creation of Hephaestus, a brand new musical from Madison native Nathan Fosbinder. This program features scenes and songs from the production interspersed with Greek mythology background and analysis.
Libraries Involved: Black Earth, Madison Central, Middleton, Verona