June 26-30, 2017 at UA Little Rock
MT Stage is no longer accepting applications to the 2017 session.
Inspired by hip-hop music and the sheer power of words? MT Stage : The Hamilton Experience is for you!
Throughout history, great stories have been told under bright lights and from center stage. The musical Hamilton burst onto Broadway in 2015 and changed musical theater forever. During MT Stage, students collaborate to stage, costume, and perform musical numbers inspired by Hamilton. We conclude with a special performance at UA LITTLE ROCK where students are the MT professionals.
Students will select a focus area of musical theater: stage craft or performance. During MT Stage, stage craft students will utilize leading-edge technology to stage selected scenes from Hamilton. “Meet the artist” workshops and attend the Arkansas Repertory Theater round out the experience. Historical, societal, and cultural themes behind Hamilton will be explored.
MT Stage: the Hamilton Experience is designed for current 7th or 8th graders during the 2016-2017 school year. Thirty students from across Arkansas will be selected to participate in this unique and exciting experience.
It is a unique opportunity for high-ability students to express creativity in musical theater, stage craft and civics. Activities will include historical analysis of creative trends and means of expression through musical theater and present day analysis of selected scenes from the Broadway play, Hamilton. Students will participate in “Talk Back” sessions where they meet the performers and stage professionals from the Arkansas Repertory Theater, Murray’s Dinner Playhouse, The Main thing, The Studio Theater, Argenta Community Theater, and the Red Curtain Theater.
With so many potential areas for success in student-chosen areas, many students will step in and out of leadership roles. The collaborative nature of theater production provides an immediate intimacy for risk-taking and individual expression.
MT Stage is a non-residential program and does not supply housing for participants.
Tentative Daily Schedule
8:45 Students arrive on campus
9:00 – 10:15 American Revolution via Hamilton / History of Musical Theater
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:45 History of Musical Theater / American Revolution via Hamilton
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:45 Focus Part I
1:45 – 2:00 Break
2:00 – 3:15 Focus Part II