1,700 STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ATTENDED PERFORMANCE
AT THE FORREST THEATRE
PHILADELPHIA PA--The innovative educational program that debuted at HAMILTON on Broadway continued in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 7 when over 1,700 students and teachers from 39 high schools attended the matinee performance of the musical at the Forrest Theatre.
The November 7 performance in Philadelphia provided more than 1,700 high school students the opportunity to experience the musical HAMILTON after having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers.
In addition to seeing a performance of HAMILTON, students participated in a Q&A with members of the HAMILTON company. As well, students representing various schools in attendance will perform an original work they created based on their classroom studies – songs, rap, poetry, scenes, monologues – on the Forrest Theatre stage in front of their peers.
HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller says about the Philadelphia program, “Our goal is to ensure students have a shot to seeHAMILTON and use its words, music and staging to further their understanding and enjoyment of American history, music, and drama. We’ve had the pleasure of expanding the education program outside of New York in Los Angeles, Chicago, and multiple cities around the country.”
The Hamilton Education Program is one of several history education programs offered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Its president, James G. Basker—who devised the education program in tandem with HAMILTON creator and producer, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller respectively, and The Rockefeller Foundation—adds, “This project is transformative. HAMILTONhas struck a chord with our nation’s students because it embodies what great history education is all about: bringing the past to life and fostering connections with the exceptional individuals and moments that have made us who we are. This program empowers students to reclaim their own narrative and teachers to bridge classroom learning with the stage.”
The HAMILTON producers are making tickets for this educational partnership available for $70, $60 of which is subsidized by the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, Chappell Culpeper Family Foundation, and Monica Horan Rosenthal, Phil Rosenthal and the Rosenthal Family Foundation. Tickets cost $10 for each student.
Schools participating in the November 7 program included:
- Academy at Palumbo
- Academy Park High School
- Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush
- Benjamin Franklin High School
- Boys Latin of Philadelphia Charter School
- Community Academy of Philadelphia
- Constitution High School
- Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School
- Edison High School / Fareira Skill Center
- Esperanza Academy Charter School
- Franklin Learning Center
- George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science
- Girard Academic Music Program
- High School for the Creative and Performing Arts
- International Christian High School
- John Harris High School
- JR Masterman School
- Kensington High School
- KIPP DuBois Collegiate Academy
- Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School
- Lebanon Senior High School
- Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School
- Maritime Academy Charter High School
- Martin Luther King High School
- New Foundations Charter School
- Northeast High School
- Olney Charter High School
- Parkway Center City Middle College
- Parkway NW HS for Peace and Social Justice
- Paul Robeson High School for Human Services
- Preparatory Charter High School
- Science Leadership Academy at Beeber
- Science Leadership Academy at Center City
- Swenson Arts & Technology High School
- TECH Freire Charter School
- William Bodine High School for International Affairs
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.
HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.
The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.
The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.