More than 150 students from regional NSW and the hardest-hit LGAs during the COVID lockdown have had an opportunity to enjoy the musical Hamilton, as part of an arts education program to inspire students who have experienced significant hardship over the last two years.
Creative and performing arts students in Years 10 to 12 from more than 55 schools have had the chance to be in the room where it happens with an exclusive Q&A with the cast following the performance.
Nationals Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said students who were affected by bushfire, drought, flood, mice plagues and COVID-19 over the past two years are incredibly deserving to experience this one off opportunity.
“I’m so excited that some of our most resilient students, who have been hit hard by natural disasters and the pandemic, have been able to take some time to witness a modern masterpiece,” Ms Mitchell said.
“The visit is part of a three day program allowing them to participate in acting, art and poetry workshops at the National Maritime Museum and regional students will also have the opportunity to visit the Art Gallery of NSW to view the ARTEXPRESS exhibition.”
Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said after the many challenges of the past two years, it was wonderful to be able to bring regional students to Sydney.
“Thanks to the Transport Access Regional Partnerships (TARP) Grants Program we have been able to bring these rural and regional students into the big smoke to experience the excitement and thrill of a world-class live performance,” Mr Farraway said.
“The TARP grants program is designed to support initiatives to improve services and outcomes for sections of the community that need improved transport options and this trip is exactly what the program is designed for.”
Nationals Minister for the Arts and Regional Youth Ben Franklin said the initiative would connect regional students to some of the most celebrated arts and cultural offerings and provide many of them with a once in a lifetime experience.
“This program will leave lasting impacts on young people after a challenging couple of years. I’m thrilled our rural and remote students and those from South West Sydney will get to experience a range of arts offerings including the international blockbuster, Hamilton,” Mr Franklin said.
The project is being delivered in partnership with the show’s producer, the Michael Cassel Group.