Media Advisory - Free Local Screenings of "Hamilton's America" Oct 11 & Oct 12

Oct 10, 2016

Media Advisory

For Tuesday, October 11 & Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Contact: Ellen Carlson, Associate Director – Corporate Support, WSIU, (618) 453-6196, ellen.carlson@wsiu.org; Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU, (618) 453-4344, greg.petrowich@wsiu.org

WSIU, Carterville & Carbondale High Schools to Host Free Preview Screenings of “Hamilton’s America” on Tue, Oct 11 and Wed, Oct 12

Carbondale, Ill. – Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are invited to the Carterville High School auditorium, 1415 West Grand in Carterville, Ill., this Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm, and to the Carbondale Community High School auditorium, 1301 East Walnut in Carbondale, this Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm for the second and third of three free public screenings of Hamilton’s America. This Great Performances and PBS Fall Arts Festival special goes behind the scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award®- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway phenomenon Hamilton.

The two events are co-presented by WSIU Public Broadcasting, a public media service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carterville High School, and Carbondale Community High School. Local sponsor for the events and PBS Fall Arts Festival broadcasts on WSIU-TV is the Marion Cultural & Civic Center.

Thomas Kidd, department chair and associate professor of directing and acting in the SIU Department of Theater, will offer insights into the Hamilton Broadway show and share information about SIU Theater’s academic program and public events. WSIU Associate Director for Corporate Support, Ellen Carlson, and WSIU Executive Director, Greg Petrowich, will host a prize drawing and introduce both a short preview of an upcoming PBS special and the 40-minute Hamilton’s America screener.

Interview opportunities include:

• Ellen Carlson, Associate Director – Corporate Support, WSIU Public Broadcasting

• Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting

• Thomas Kidd, Associate Professor, SIU Department of Theater

• Event participants

Questions about the event should be directed to Ellen Carlson at WSIU, (618) 453-6196, ellen.carlson@wsiu.org.

The full Hamilton’s America broadcast from Great Performances will air on WSIU-TV on Friday, October 21 at 8pm. Of special note: southern Illinois has an exciting local connection to the Broadway production of Hamilton, as the character of George Washington is performed by Christopher Jackson, a native of Cairo, Illinois.

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