Double Offer: Register to attend, write about touring Broadway productions in May and June
Review "Hadestown" • Report on "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Matthew Patrick Quinn, Maria Christina Oliveras, Chibueze Ihuoma, Nathan Lee Graham, Hannah Whitley and company in the North American tour of "Hadestown." Photo by T. Charles-Erickson. Courtesy PNC Broadway in Louisville.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 21, 2023
Our FREE program for young writers has presented opportunities to teens to see and write about many productions including "Hamilton," "Mean Girls" and "Aladdin" to give young people access to the arts and a voice in public service journalism covering arts and issues in their community.
WHAT: Attend and write about the national touring productions of the musical “Hadestown,” the play “To Kill a Mockingbird” or both. They are part of PNC Broadway in Louisville’s current season.
Read further to find the application and for dates and details of each workshop.
"Hadestown" | Excerpts of Reviews
• "a journey to the underworld that feels like it sprung forth as something entirely new." — Entertainment Weekly
• "...with the score that feels like it comes from somewhere deep in the American gut. Now an eye-popping, mythological blend of steampunk, 'Westworld' and Bourbon St. anarchy..."— New York Daily News
"To Kill a Mockingbird" | Excerpts of Reviews
• "Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' will gratefully always be with us. This is Sorkin's version and, for all the distortions and limitations, it finds ways through Atticus' character to speak directly to our troubled times about the inseparability of race and justice in America." — Los Angeles Times
• "Sorkin has written a 'Mockingbird' that fits this riven American moment. And the director, Bartlett Sher, has felt little need to assuage with sentimentality." — Chicago Tribune
Yaegel T. Welch (“Tom Robinson”), Stephen Elrod, Jacqueline Williams (“Calpurnia”) and Richard Thomas (“Atticus Finch”) in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Photo by Julieta Cervantes. Courtesy PNC Broadway in Louisville.
WHO: High school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in journalism, writing and art are encouraged to register for this opportunity. Arts journalist Elizabeth Kramer, and critic Melissa Chipman will lead the workshop.
WORKSHOP CONTENT & LOGISTICS
• Pre-performance sessions cover:
— “Hadestown”: musical theater history, steps to take and issues to consider when writing reviews, etc.
— “To Kill a Mockingbird”: adapting literature to the Broadway stage, finding and pitching a story idea, conducting interviews, constructing your article.
— Both workshops offer participants time to discuss theater, writing and viewpoints.
• A post-performance session includes discussions and participants' sharing of initial draft paragraphs as part of the writing process.
• Articles will appear online in a partner publication, provided participants complete the requirements.
• Only 5 spots are available in each workshop. (Each spot comes with a ticket for the critic and their/her/his accompanying adult.)
WHEN & WHERE: Virtual Sessions (see times below)
• Young Critics' Workshop I * — Monday, April 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Young Critics' Workshop II * — Monday, May 8, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• “Hadestown” Performance — Tuesday, May 16, 6:45 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Whitney Hall, 501 W. Main St. (Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.)
• Critics' Group Reflections * — Wednesday, May 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Young Critics' One-on-One Edits * — May 19-23 (scheduled individually)
WHEN & WHERE Virtual Sessions (see times below)
“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” Workshop
• Young Critics' Workshop I * — Monday, June 5, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Young Critics' Workshop II * — Monday, June 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Young Critics' Workshop III * — Wednesday, June 14, 4 to 6 p.m.
• “To Kill a Mockingbird” Performance — Tuesday, June 20, 6:45 p.m. | Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, Whitney Hall, 501 W. Main St. (Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.)
• Group Reflections * — Wednesday, June 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
• Young Critics' One-on-One Edits * — June 23-27 (scheduled individually)
Top photos from "Hadestown." By T. Charles-Erickson. Bottom photos from"To Kill a Mockingbird." By Julieta Cervantes. Courtesy PNC Broadway in Louisville. Courtesy PNC Broadway in Louisville.