Media Advisory - WSIU, Cedarhurst to Host Free Screening of Hamilton's America

Oct 4, 2016

Media Advisory For Thursday, October 6, 2016

Contact: Brian Flath, Assistant Corporate Support Manager, WSIU, (618) 453-4286, brian.flath@wsiu.org; Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU, (618) 453-4344, greg.petrowich@wsiu.org

WSIU, Cedarhurst to Host Free Preview Screening of “Hamilton’s America” on Thu, Oct 6 at 7:30pm

Carbondale, Ill. – Reporters, photographers, and camera crews are invited to the Mitchell Museum Performance Hall at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon, Ill., this Thursday, October 6 at 7:30pm for the first of three local preview 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 October 6th event is co-presented by WSIU Public Broadcasting, a public media service of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and Cedarhurst Center for the Arts.

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 Executive Director, Greg Petrowich, and WSIU Assistant Corporate Support Manager, Brian Flath, will host a prize drawing and introduce both a short preview of an upcoming PBS special and the 40-minute Hamilton’s America screener.

Additional free public screenings will be held on Tuesday, October 11 at 7pm at the Carterville High School auditorium, 1415 West Grand in Carterville, Ill., and on Wednesday, October 12 at 7pm at the Carbondale Community High School auditorium, 1301 East Walnut in Carbondale.

Interview opportunities include:

• Greg Petrowich, Executive Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting

• Brian Flath, Assistant Corporate Support Director, WSIU Public Broadcasting

• Thomas Kidd, Associate Professor, SIU Department of Theater

• Cedarhurst staff

• Event participants

Questions about the event should be directed to Brian Flath at WSIU, (618) 453-4286, brian.flath@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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