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SPARROW STUDENT PROGRAMS ENLIST MORE THAN 100 PARTICIPANTS

The Adrienne Arsht Center recently hosted a Launch Event on February 19th for more than 100 Miami-Dade drama and journalism high school students to discuss the theatrical sci-fi thriller, The Sparrow, which runs in the Carnival Studio Theater April 7 – May 1. Sparrow creator Nathan Allen flew in especially for the event and spoke to students about his inspiration for the story, and gave them a few hints regarding the show’s surprise ending.

The drama students were invited to learn about “The Ghost Class.” Participants will work on various promotional projects—social media posts, viral videos, event promotions and more—in order to earn points towards prizes such as signed show posters, invitations to cast parties, and the Grand Prize—a walk-on role at one of the performances of the show! Points are tallied through March 31 and the winner will be announced on April 1.

Meanwhile journalism students were treated to a tutorial by Miami Herald theater critic Christine Dolen to kick-off the Adrienne Arsht Center’s “Student Reviewer Program.”
Student reviewers will report on The Sparrow following a Student Press Performance on Friday, April 8, and will then submit the reviews in order to win a chance to be published in the Miami Herald, Adrienne Arsht Center-affiliated publications, and on The Sparrow website.



LOCAL STUDENTS WILL HELP “THE SPARROW” FLY AT THE CENTER

Created by the award-winning team at The House Theatre of Chicago, The Sparrow is one of the most original and acclaimed new works to emerge from the Chicago theater scene in decades. In April, the Adrienne Arsht Center presents this story of tragedy, triumph, superpowers and good ol’ fashioned high school popularity contests at the Carnival Studio Theater, April 7 – May 1.

The Adrienne Arsht Center is reaching out to Miami-Dade high school and college students in drama and journalism programs to engage them in this national hit play. On February 19, The Sparrow creator and House Theatre founder Nathan Allen will be chatting directly with students via Skype about the inner workings of the show. Journalism students will receive press kits, credentials and an invitation to review the show in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s first “student press-only viewing.” Some student journalists will have their reviews published in local publications, the upcoming Sparrow micro-site, and on the Adrienne Arsht Center’s POV newsletter blog!  

Drama students will not be left out! Allen will recommend scenes for classroom exercises and they will be invited to participate in the maiden “Ghost Class” program. Similar to Spring Awakening’s “Guilty Ones,” the “Ghost Class” is a group of young Sparrow enthusiasts who will build interest and spread the word about the show. From posting on Facebook, to passing out flyers, to creating viral videos on YouTube, these students will serve as ambassadors for the Adrienne Arsht Center and its highly anticipated production of The Sparrow. In addition to prizes such as tickets to the show and merchandise, one lucky “Ghost Class” member will be selected to win a walk-on role on Opening Night!




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