U.S. Embassy and Teatru Astra present the stage production of the musical Grease

The U.S. Embassy and Teatru Astra proudly announce the stage production of the musical Grease on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016.  Maestro Sigmund Mifsud, musical director, and Mr. Chris Gatt, artistic director, will direct the production and work with a unique blend of talented young artists from Malta and Gozo to bring this popular musical, live, to local audiences.  The production is the first of its genre at Teatru Astra.

Thanks to the U.S. Embassy’s sponsorship and support, Teatru Astra and the University of Malta’s Department of Gender Studies will organize workshops for students on gender politics.  The workshops will challenge ideas portrayed in the musical, such as gender stereotypes, peer pressure, date rape and discrimination against women.

In brief remarks, U.S. Ambassador G. Kathleen Hill praised the partnership between Teatru Astra and the Department of Gender Studies and their efforts to break down gender stereotypes.  Ambassador Hill reiterated the U.S. Government’s commitment to combat discrimination, eliminate violence against women and girls, expand access to women’s health care, support women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and encourage women’s economic and political leadership.

Michael Formosa, Administrative Secretary of Teatru Astra welcomed the support of the U.S. Embassy and stated that the theater is proud of this collaboration.  He reiterated that Grease is yet another venture underpinned by a strong voluntary element, which continues to be the basis of the theater’s endeavors. Mr Formosa further stated that the organization of such a workshop, together with the University of Malta with the support of the U.S. Embassy, signifies the contribution that Teatru Astra is making to the artistic and social development of the community at large.

“This event exemplifies how important it is for policies around funding to have principled strategies underpinning them,” said Dr Brenda Murphy, Department of Gender Studies.  “The resultant partnership born out of this sponsorship demonstrates this, and promises a real and tangible impact on gender politics. We plan to train trainers, who will in turn run workshops that are hinged on key scenes in the musical.”

Online booking for Grease is available on www.ticketline.com.mt.  Reservations can also be made at the theater’s help desk on info@lastella.com.mt or +356 99021591.