Grease the musical to be used in student workshops on gender politics
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The U.S. Embassy in Malta, during a press conference held at the Ambassador's residence in Attard, officially announced its support for the Astra Theatre's upcoming production of the musical Grease in Gozo.
Thanks to the U.S. Embassy's sponsorship and support, the Astra Theatre and the University of Malta's Department of Gender Studies will organise 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 the Astra Theatre 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 healthcare, support women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, and encourage women's economic and political leadership.
"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."
Mro 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 the Astra Theatre and will be staged on the 16th and 17th of April.
Photograph: Alain Salvary