Patriotic Pizazz

By Whittington, Lewis | Stage Directions, December 2003 | Go to article overview

Patriotic Pizazz


Whittington, Lewis, Stage Directions


Despite a mishap with a stage frame, Philly's new National Constitution Center, replete with a star-shaped theater, opens to pomp and fanfare.

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union..." So begins that revolutionary preamble of the U.S. Constitution, blueprint for democracy, framed by America's founding fathers in the stifling heat of 1787 Philadelphia at Independence Hall. The $185 million National Constitution Center (NCC), with its star-shaped centerpiece Kimmel Theater, opened with a literal bang this past July 4th.

In front of the complex, on the makeshift presentational stage, everything was in place for the ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was there to accept the city's Liberty Medal Award. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor John Street, Ray Charles and other dignitaries along with thousands of visitors were on hand to witness the event.

Red, white and blue ribbons were supposed to be pulled and a huge replica of the Constitution was to drop on cue. Instead, a metal stage frame came crashing down and injured four people, including the mayor, Senator Arlen Specter and NCC President Joe Torsella. The large structure barely missed Justice O'Connor, who fortunately stepped back and was heard to say, "We could have been killed."

The accident was a close call, but it didn't ruin the opening of the icy gray asymmetric structure (designed by the architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed) with airy interior exhibit halls set by Ralph Appelbaum. The museum faces Independence Hall on the northern corridor of Independence National Historical Park and houses the dazzling, 360-degree, steep-tiered Kimmel amphitheater, which takes the Constitution out of its dusty historical context and presents it theatrically as an instrument of freedom active in our everyday life.

The museum displays artifacts and interactive arcade-like features, such as a bluescreen hookup so you can simulate being signed in as President.There is a huge window that offers a panoramic view of the historic Independence Mall, and then there's "Signer's Hall"-a sculptural reenactment of the signing of the Constitution with life-sized bronze statutes of the signatories.

The crowning installation, however, is the live 17-minute show about the formulation of our nation's democracy called Freedom Rising, performed 15 times a day in the Kimmel Theater. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Patriotic Pizazz
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.