UA Little Rock to host ‘Hamilton’-inspired student showcase

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a student showcase featuring music inspired by the breakout Broadway hit, “Hamilton,” on Friday, June 30. 

About 25 students from Arkansas will perform five songs adapted from “Hamilton” at 2 p.m. June 30 in the University Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts on the UA Little Rock campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The students are participants in “MT Stage: The Hamilton Experience,” a one-week summer enrichment program for seventh- and eighth-graders that focuses on musical theater and stagecraft.

The Jodie Mahony Center for Gifted Education camp is funded by an Arkansas Department of Education Academic Enrichment for the Gifted and Talented in the Summer grant.

Participating students include: Emma Barrett of Jonesboro; Trinity Bell of Little Rock; Tyler Childers of DeWitt; Taryn Oitker of Cabot; Grayson Siebert of Blytheville; Makiya Stuffs of Little Rock; Kennedy Arnold of Little Rock; Eva Grace Barrett of Jonesboro; Lucy Box of Jonesboro; Taylor Chandler of Huntsville; Rachel Estep of Springdale; JahLayae Freeman of Jacksonville; Mia Hartley of Texarkana; Kelly Issac of Augusta; Blair King of Scott; Alexandra Lanier of Alexander; Zaria Montgomery of North Little Rock; Margaret Rood of Malvern; Gabriella Stokes of Ozark; Emily Wheat of Sheridan; Benjamin Wilson of Texarkana; and Alexandria Wright of Jonesboro.

Program staff include Dorothy Gantz, principal; Sara Crooke, musical theatre teacher; Dr. I.J. Routen, music director; Laura Dowling, stagecraft director; Dr. Christine Deitz, program director; and Krista Smith, program coordinator.

For more information, contact Christine Dietz at the Jodie Mahony Center at 501.569.3410.

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