Objectives: Learn about the history of the murders at Glensheen mansion in Duluth, MN and reflect on dramatic adaptations of historical events.

Tools/Resources: Pen and paper.

Additional historical musical scores: Hamilton, 1776, Evita.


1) Watch the segment and discuss:

a. What are the challenges of adapting real life events for the stage?
b. What elements make a true tale a candidate for adaptation?

2) What other moments in history would you like to see adapted into a musical?

a. What characteristics of a story lend itself to a musical?
b. Do you think musicals or plays make people more curious about the history conveyed?

3) Choose a historical moment and identify dramatic points that could be adapted into a song.

a. What genre could it be (hip hop, country, R&B)?
b. Write a list of possible song titles for your musical track.