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Kitty Hawk

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  • Nathan Allen

    Nathan Allen

    Artistic Director

“For many students, this will be a life-changing experience at a critical juncture in their education.”
– Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools 
“As the Arsht Center celebrates 10 years of serving South Florida, Learning Through the Arts symbolizes the very essence of our mission and vision coming to life.”
– M. John Richard, President and CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center 
“For most of my students, this might be the only time they get to go to the theater. Exposing the children to a variety of cultural experiences is of the utmost experience.”
– Nathaly Simon, teacher at Arch Creek Elementary 
“I would give Rock Odyssey an A+!”
– Jennifer Olivera, fifth grader 
“It was awesome!”
– Kemely Blaise, fifth grader

If you wish to help support this program and donate a philanthropic gift or become a sponsor of this initiative, contact our Advancement Team at 786.468.2020 or at

Kitty Hawk Support Opportunities

$350,000 to create production

$500,000 to mount production in first year, 2017-18

$150,000 underwrites transportation of all seventh-graders to and from show premiere, fall 2017

$65,000 underwrites scene and set design

$35,000 underwrites website development

$27,000 underwrites building of soundtrack

$25,000 script commissioning, underwritten by Boeing

$20,000 supports bicycles, pulleys and other props for the show

$16,000 supports costume design and creation

$15,000 builds the airplane for the show

$10,000 underwrites Artistic Director

$5,500 underwrites special effects

$5,000 sponsors STEAM training workshop for teachers, underwritten by Boeing

$5,000 supports an individual scene, music, costume or projection designer

$500 sends one seventh-grade class to “Kitty Hawk”

$20 sends one student to “Kitty Hawk”

  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Intermissions: none
  • Parental Guide: Perfect for 7th Graders

The Adrienne Arsht Center provides this information to help you make informed decisions when bringing young people to performances. These are recommendations – you are the expert in deciding what your children should see and know best how to help them enjoy their theatergoing experience. Every guest, regardless of age, must have a ticket; babies-in-arms are not admitted to any performance.

Monday, January 1


KITTY HAWK - A Musical Adventure
Scientific discovery comes alive through the arts in this STEAM-powered program.

Learning Through the Arts, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s model for integrating the arts into classroom discovery, launched an innovative initiative in the Fall of 2017 for all 27,000 seventh-graders in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 

  • The Musical: An original, Broadway-style production commissioned by the Arsht Center brings to the stage one of the greatest stories in American history – Wilbur and Orville Wright’s discovery of human flight. KITTY HAWK is written by Tom Bryant, with music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna.
  • Arts-Integrated Curriculum: A companion classroom guide for teachers aligns with state standards and the KITTY HAWK performance. Developed by curriculum specialists, local scientists and artists, the guide ties elements from the musical into seventh-grade learning strands.
  • Teen TechMaker Workshops: Active learning opportunities for students extend the theater experience into maker sites around the county. Teens discover, create and analyze their own inventions while working with STEAM mentors.
  • Coming Soon: Interactive online learning lab.

Transforming STEM to STEAM, the program targets populations under-represented in STEM career tracks. KITTY HAWK addresses barriers to science and math education among young Latino, African-American and female teens in Miami-Dade County Public Schools – the second-largest “minority-majority” school system in the United States – by integrating the ARTS into SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH learning.

See a brochure with more information about the program here.

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