MCC-Maple Woods faculty tackle professional development through the arts

Imaginative, fantasy worlds are engaging to children, students and adults alike, and C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” has been enjoyed in nearly every media, including books, television, movies, video games and theatrical performance.

But how do you capture that engagement and make it work in the classroom? The MCC Professional Development team is inviting you to attend “Narnia: The Musical” at 1 p.m. April 7 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Visitors will watch the performance, have a meet and greet with the actors, and be given a tour of the state-of-the-art facility.

As for integrating “Narnia” into the classroom, MCC-Maple Woods faculty members Daniel Wright (theater) and Jim Murray (music) have developed a packet of materials designed to help you incorporate elements of the performing arts into the classroom. Seating is limited – to reserve a spot, contact Professional Development at 816.604.1380 or email

Murray has also developed materials for classroom integration for “The Great Immensity” and participates in teaching learning communities where music is woven into a non-performance-based curriculum like history.