ASU Gammage’s HAMILTON Preview Day!

This past Saturday, I had the chance to visit one of my favorite theatres, ASU Gammage, to go to a special screening of PBS’ Hamilton Documentary prior to the opening of the show. I was surprisingly more excited to go visit the actual theatre itself than watch the film.

It sounds odd- but I absolutely love this theatre and getting to actually see it without 5,000 other people is pretty spectacular. It’s absolutely gorgeous outside and inside, and was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957.

I think this was the only time I’ve seen the inside of the theatre completely empty, and it’ll most likely be the only time. I regret not taking more pictures in the seats, but I was already nervous enough to be in there by myself. Whenever house managers entered, I’d freeze like a deer in headlights, before they’d look at me, shrug, and walk back out the door.

I feel like Gammage would be a beautiful place to take senior photos- I mean, seriously, there are all these “statement” walls and crazy architectural features that seem to somehow defy gravity (did you catch the theatre reference there, eh?).

The preview was a very odd but enjoyable experience- only the orchestra level of the theatre was open and less than 500 people were in attendance. It was a very quiet, intimate setting, which was somewhat relaxing in comparison to the usual hustle and bustle that fills the building during show weeks at Gammage.

After the preview, we headed to Barrio Queen, a traditional Mexican restaurant in Old Town Scottsdale. It was terrifying, but my mom insisted that I speak Spanish to the server to get my practice in; it went surprisingly well!

I guess that’s it for this week- come back next Friday for a new post, or follow me on Instagram @andthenemma for updates!




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