Megan McQueen, a professor of theatre at New Mexico State University who specializes in musical theatre, will be presenting four lectures about the musical sensation Hamilton for four consecutive Saturday mornings in April from 11 am – 1 pm at the Doña Ana Arts Council Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. This is an encore lecture series, as she recently presented four lectures titled Hamilton: The Inventive Storytelling of a Musical Sensation for the Academy for Learning in Retirement in January.
The four-part Hamilton lecture series will be April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28 from 11 am – 1 pm with a cost of $50 for all four presentations. Ms. McQueen will be donating her time, with all proceeds going to support Doña Ana Arts Council’s arts education programs for children.
As an avid Broadway musical attendee, McQueen spent quite a bit of time learning about the musical Hamilton, even attending it in New York City twice, as well as attending workshops with original cast members. McQueen has followed the composer Lin Manuel Miranda since attending his first musical hit “In the Heights” in 2007 (even before it went to Broadway).
Says McQueen about Hamilton, “The music is so unique, that upon first listen, people often state that it all sounds the same. And that’s a pretty common phenomenon when a composer has a distinct voice.” But, according to McQueen, Hamilton’s complex, nearly 3-hour score holds up to intense scrutiny. From hip hop origins to traditional musical influences, from motifs to key relationships, she will discuss musical elements of the production during each of the four lectures.
April 7 at 11 am: Discuss the team who created Hamilton and summarize its massive impact on our culture.
April 14 at 11 am: Analyze the choreography and design elements of sequences of the musical.
April 21 at 11 am: Examine several songs through a feminist perspective.
April 28 at 11 am: Discuss other aspects of the musical’s storytelling as requested in the prior three lectures.
According to McQueen, “Each of the presentations will culminate in a live performance of at least one number from the show that relates to the topic of the day presented by dynamite Las Cruces talent.”
“Megan McQueen is an enormous asset to this community,” says Kathleen Albers, Executive Director of the Doña Ana Arts Council. “Not only is she incredibly talented and knowledgeable, but she works very, very hard and is very generous with her time to support arts education. We are extremely lucky to have Megan as a part of our arts community here in the Mesilla Valley.”
To sign up for the Hamilton Series, visit or call the DAAC office at 575-523-6403 or go to the DAAC website www.daarts.org (click on “Calendar of Events” and scroll to April 7 and click on the photo of Megan McQueen). The series will be presented at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla in the Bulletin Plaza next to Paisano Café. Space is limited to 50 attendees.
For more information, call the DAAC office at (575) 523-6403.