UA Little Rock to host “Hamilton”-inspired musical theatre program

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education at the University for Arkansas at Little Rock will hold a musical theatre program inspired by the breakout Broadway hit “Hamilton.” 

“Mt Stage: The Hamilton Experience” will take place 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 26-30. The program is open to 30 seventh- and eighth-graders who will choose between the “performance and musicality track” and the “stagecraft and engineering” track.

“It is a unique opportunity for high-ability students to express creativity in musical theater, stagecraft, and civics,” said Ann Robinson, director of the Jodie Mahony Center.

During the program, students will work together to stage, create costumes, and perform musical numbers inspired by “Hamilton.” The week will conclude with a special performance led by the participants.

Activities will include historical analysis of creative trends in musical theater and analysis of selected scenes from “Hamilton.” Students will participate in “Talk Back” sessions where they meet 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.

The enrichment program is free to all participants, funded by an Academic Enrichment for the Gifted and Talented in the Summer (AEGIS) grant from the Arkansas Department of Education.

Applications are due April 17. Applications can be found at ualr.edu/gifted.

For more information, contact the Jodie Mahony Center at 501.569.3410 or visit the website.

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