Seattle International Film Festival Opens With a Screening of The First Grader and Gala
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Broadway-film-TV star -- and Bellevue native -- Megan Hilty lends her powerful pipes to the Seattle Men's Chorus for this blockbuster concert saluting Stephen Schwartz, the composer-lyricist of such famed musicals as Wicked, Pippin and Godspell. In fact, Hilty starred as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, before going on to appear in 9 to 5: The Musical, and TV's Smash and Sean Saves the World. She'll join the world's largest gay ensemble for this gravity-defying tribute, featuring Schwartz's most popular hits, as well as some of his more rarely-performed gems. Learn More
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Join the Seattle International Film Festival on opening night and be treated to one of the most inspirational films you’ll see this year, followed by entry into the Opening Night Gala featuring hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and two complimentary cocktails. Finishing second only to The King’s Speech for the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, The First Grader delivers the true story of Maruge, an 84-year-old former Mau-Mau fighter who uses a Kenyan government initiative to claim the primary education he has always craved. Joining his fight is a passionately progressive young teacher who risks her career for his cause. With uninhibited performances by children and humor woven throughout, The First Grader passionately underscores how the power of education can deliver the greatest freedom of all.
General admission includes the screening, and entry into the Opening Night Gala featuring hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and two complimentary cocktails. Premium admission gives you early entry into the screening and open bar at the post-film reception.