Dalton Middle School (Dalton, GA) – for $22,600 to hire professional artists and musicians for residencies and production costs to create and premiere a new Dalton-based musical that will be devised with students. This musical will feature a script and libretto using popular mariachi tunes in the public domain as inspiration for plot, main musical numbers, and creating a story based on experiences from the lives of Dalton students. Dalton Middle School is incredibly proud of the cultural diversity they represent. 70% of the student population is Latino/a. The Dalton community has learned and grown together to celebrate the mix of heritages that exist within their town. It is the hope of Dalton Middle School (DMS) that incorporating mariachi music into their new musical will encourage members of the Latino community to gain a greater sense of ownership and accessibility to local theatre. DMS also hopes to encourage local theatres and programs to explore more work that bridges communities in their town.