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Organization Takes Kids 'Inside Broadway'

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The Inside Broadway organization gave city kids an up close, backstage look at the work it takes to put on a Broadway show. NY1's Shelley Goldberg filed the following report.

Broadway is a magical place where seemingly impossible things happen, but there's a lot of things at play to make it all work.

Inside Broadway, a unique organization in its 32nd year, works to teach children how that magic happens.

"Children respond to the arts in a really positive way, and it teaches them a lot of things that are very educational," says Michael Presser, executive director of Inside Broadway. "It teaches them the importance of working together as a team. It teaches them the importance of collaboration. It also teaches them that there are a lot of people behind you when you're on the stage, so even though you're in the spotlight, there's a lot of people back there that are making the spotlight possible."

Inside Broadway shines a spotlight on every aspect of theater from backstage to the stage, giving thousands of public school students a hands-on experience through workshops, special classes and programs.

"Schools and teachers asked us if it'd be possible for them to go backstage and see what happens during a show, and of course, we have a limited amount of space back here, so it's hard to move groups through this," Presser says. "But we thought that maybe what we could do is create a program on the stage using the production to really give children an opportunity to see what happens when we create the magic on Broadway."

Seeing the magic helped these kids believe their dreams really are possible.

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