FEBRUARY 20 @ 2 PM: What happens when you visit a National Park and people from the past reach out and talk to you? What does it feel like to hold the 170 year old diary of a girl exactly your own age? Did you realize that 150 years ago enslaved people spent their lives working in your own neighborhood? Baltimore School for the Arts theater students explore these questions in “Finding the Story: Confronting the Past,” three short plays about Hampton. Partnering with the National Park Service and Historic Hampton, Inc., students are developing a production based on actual documents about the people who lived and worked at the historic plantation. The stories they tell take us back in time to periods in American history we thought we knew about, but there are surprises in store. Uncovering relationships of the past, we begin to understand what is still with us today. As we celebrate the 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service, it is the perfect time to look at what we have chosen to preserve, and how much we can still discover when we look with the eyes of the next generation. BSA sophomore Stage Design and Production majors are busy preparing for the production. In Graphics class, they have designed postcards, posters, and programs using archival images in Hampton’s collection. Above is the poster design featuring a photo of Nancy Davis (who appears as a character in two of the plays) and Eliza III. In Audio class, the students have interviewed Curator Gregory Weidman, and Rangers Bill Curtis, Vince Vaise, and Anokwale Anansesemfo. These interviews will be edited into podcasts as a snapshot of interpretation at Hampton. In Scenic Design class, the students have begun painting door sized scenic backgrounds for the plays using photographs of the building and grounds of Hampton. After winter break they will begin the exciting work of creating costumes and props. Among the projects will be a white dress for “The Lady With Harp” and a recreation of Nancy Davis’ civil war era dress from the well-known photo featured in the poster example.
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