Hallmark’s First Musical to Debut Aug. 11

Annie Potts (“GCB,” “Designing Women”) and Richard Thomas (“The Waltons”) will star in Hallmark Channel’s first movie musical, “The Music Teacher,” premiering Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The movie will feature original songs and lyrics composed by Alan Ett.

In “The Music Teacher,” Potts plays a high school music teacher on the brink of losing her beloved afterschool program. She learns the lasting bonds she’s made with her students has not only touched their lives, but forever changed hers. The film also stars Kerry James (“Heartland”), Emilie Ullerup (“Arctic Air”), Moneca Delain (“The Break-Up Artist”), Shawn Roberts (“Resident Evil: Retribution”), Peter-John Prinsloo (“Edgemont”) and Rukiya Bernard (“Christmas in Canaan”).

In Kansas City, Alyson Daley (Potts) is a high school music teacher whose after-school program has taught dozens of students not only how to sing, but to gain confidence and build bright futures. Alyson has dedicated herself to changing her students lives for the better, a mission she began 16 years ago when a tragic accident caused the deaths of her husband and son.

Mourning the loss alone, Alyson used the program to distract herself, but is now devastated again when district budget cuts threaten to cancel the program for good. Hearing the news, her first class of students decides to reunite to put on a show-stopping musical to raise money and keep the program alive. Now adults, the cast and former friends look back on the lessons they learned as troubled high school students from Ms. Daley. As they rehearse, they begin to form new bonds — and repair old ones — just in time for opening night, and give their beloved teacher renewed strength to heal her heart.

“The Music Teacher” is a Front Street Pictures Production in association with Alan Ett Creative Group. Ronald Parker, Jonathan Axelrod and Alan Ett are executive producers. Harvey Kahn is the producer. Ron Oliver directed from a script by Ronald Parker. Alan Ett composed original lyrics and songs for the film.

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