The Historical Theater Academy (HTA) of Discovery Park of America will showcase its fourth performance, entitled Hamilton & Burr, on Saturday, December 8th Performances will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Liberty Hall on the grounds at Discovery Park.  In the event of bad weather, the performance will be moved inside Discovery Center to the Reelfoot Room. The performance is free with park admission.

Discovery Park’s HTA is a unique program designed for students in grades six through 11.  Academy participants receive instruction in multiple aspects of theater and historical research, culminating in the opportunity to produce and perform an original piece of Museum Theater at the park.  Discovery Park has been offering HTA since the spring of 2017 and has to date performed “The Legend of Casey Jones,” “Mars or Bust, the History of Flight,” and “Salem Witch Trials.”

The HTA accepts applications twice a year, at the beginning of each semester, with performances usually held in May and December.  The instructors are: Jenny Virgin, Zach Rea, Andrew Gibson, Taylor Pitts and Shelby McNeese.  This fall, the group of actors and actresses consists of students from various schools who are interested in theater.  They are Morgan Holtzclaw, Riley Browne, Graham Carroll, Hannah Carroll, Allyson Rose Beaman, Linus Pulley, Bailey Nichols and Leah Wisener.

Skills taught in HTA include acting, theater technical work, set design, AV design, costuming, stage makeup, writing, historical research, marketing and graphics.  The cost to participate is $200 per semester for Discovery Park members and $232 for non-members.  If you are interested in finding out more about HTA, visit the park’s website at or call 731-885-5455 and ask for the Education Department.