Overture Hosts Poetry Month Events with Opportunities for Students

For immediate release: Monday, April 17, 2017
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Overture Hosts Poetry Month Events with Opportunities for Students

Featuring OnStage performance by The Mayhem Poets and local Word Power Grand Slam Finals

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center is proud to host poetry-focused events in April, including The Mayhem Poets and the local teen poetry slam Word Power Grand Slam Finals, which will determine the six finalists advancing to a national competition.

The Mayhem Poets | Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. | Overture Center – Capitol Theater

  • Both performances are Overture OnStage educational field trip performance for students.

o   Low-cost tickets for the program are subsidized

  • Schools can apply for further subsidies for tickets and transportation

o   10 a.m. is nearly sold out / 12:30 p.m. has availability

o   Teachers receive a resource guide

  • Description: Having been dubbed “an amazing ride” by The New York Times, this mind-boggling performance has been described as “The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.” These theatrically trained, comedically-gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip-hop, theater, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

Word Power Grand Slam Finals | Friday, April 28, 2017, at 7 p.m. | Overture Center – Promenade Hall

  • This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Two round poetry slam with 18 Madison student poets in the first round with the top ten advancing to the second round.

o   Students must perform two original poems (maximum three minutes and thirty seconds)

o   Their poems will be judged be a panel of five people on a scale of 0-10 with the highest and lowest scores dropped and the three in the middle added together.

o   Top six students in the slam will earn spots to represent Madison at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival in San Francisco, CA.

According to, National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

OVERTURE CENTER FOR THE ARTS in Madison, Wisconsin, features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies and hundreds of local artists engage people in nearly 700,000 educational and artistic experiences each year.  


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