NFA Students to Perform at Washington’s Headquarters for Presidents’ Day Weekend
Newburgh, NY – Newburgh Free Academy Students will perform in The Washington Project: History Comes Alive! as part of a special Presidents’ Day weekend program at Washington’s Headquarters. The program consists of individually created theatrical and musical performance pieces and will feature interpretations of historic events that took place while General Washington was headquartered in Newburgh. The process to develop the scenes is described below and is similar to the process to create the musical, “Hamilton.”
Students from Mrs. Fay Gerbes Pacht’s Acting I classes have had several sessions with historians in their classes held in the Black Box Theatre a NFA Main Campus and at Washington’s Headquarters. During those lessons, the students have learned all about four major events that happened at the historical site: The Newburgh Conspiracy, The Nicola Letter, The Badge of Military Merit, and the Circular Letter. The students have dramatized these moments, using playwrighting, song, and dance to create four short plays that will be performed on Saturday through Monday, February 16, 17, and 18 at 3pm each day.
This endeavor is a collaborative effort of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Safe Harbors of the Hudson, and Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site. Funding for The Washington Project: History Comes Alive! is provided through the New York State Connect Kids to Parks initiative, a program of New York State Parks and the Environmental Protection Fund.