Musical Theater: Hamilton
We welcome back Musicologist Gil Harel as he discusses the popular musical, Hamilton. Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical has been celebrated as one of the most popular musicals of the modern era. Perhaps this popularity can be attributed to the vibrant cornucopia of musical styles in the score, including traditional musical theater, hip-hop, gospel, jazz, and more. On the surface, Hamilton is a period drama that presents a dramatized retelling of early American history. Such content is unusual in musical theater, and while there are examples (Les Miserables), it had tended to be the exception rather than the rule. During this virtual program, Professor Gil Harel will discuss the show, and through a combination of score and prose analysis, demonstrate why the musical is so compelling.
Witches in CT
More than a generation before the infamous Salem Witch Trials, Connecticut went through a wave of witch trials and executions. Though largely lost to history now, Connecticut led the way in colonial America on investigating, prosecuting and executing witches. Jason Scappaticci will facilitate this discussion. Scappaticci is a CT Native and currently serves his third term on the Manchester CT Board of Education. He has a passion for history and enjoys sharing that passion with others. He earned his BA in History from Utica College and his MA from Trinity College in American Studies. He is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Capital Community College and loves that he gets to go to work every day in the historic G. Fox building.
Sheryl Faye Presents: Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony was a women’s rights activist, and she devoted her life to racial, gender, and educational equality. She is one of the most famous women in American history, she played a prominent role in the women’s suffrage movement; the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and she also was in support of women’s labor organizations and for a woman’s right to own property. In 2020 we celebrate not only 100 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, we’re also celebrating Susan B. Anthony’s 200th birthday! Sheryl Faye is an actress who performs in eight one-woman shows that tour to different schools for enrichment programs, libraries, and senior centers throughout New England. She also writes and performs with StageCoach Improv. A pre-recorded video will be made available on the day of the event. Please note, this recording will only be available from 6:30-8:30 pm on the day of the event.
America’s First Sculptures: Connecticut Gravestones
The Burnham Library brings you this fascinating glimpse into history. Connecticut is a geological marvel where varied rocks and minerals abound. Gravestones were colonial Connecticut’s earliest art form and export industry. Produced by stonecutters in dozens of small shops, these works are expressive windows into the past. Go to www.burnhamlibrary.org to register. Click on the ticketing link to register and a link will be sent to you before the event happens.