Tech Students Attend Hamilton Blockbuster and Perform, Too

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By Claire Daly. Originally published in The Scribe, Tech’s student newspaper.

On March 22, 190 Oakland Tech students had the opportunity go to a special matinee performance of Hamilton at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. The tickets were available to schools as part of the Hamilton Education Program, or #EduHam, a partnership between the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Following successful programs in New York City and Chicago, Bay Area schools who met Title I requirements were able to express interest in the Hamilton Education Program and implement the curriculum for U.S. History students. Thanks to the efforts of teachers Ms. Woo, Ms. Dallas, and Ms. Travick, Oakland Tech was one of the schools selected.

Workshop Day 4cJuniors in the program went through the creative process of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, by using the history of the formation of the United States to inspire an original performance piece. All students who completed the written performance piece received a ticket for Hamilton, and students also had the opportunity to audition their pieces for a chance to perform them at the Orpheum Theatre the day of the field trip.

There were 13 student performances selected out of those submitted by the 18 schools present, and Oakland Tech was represented with a poetry performance by Shanya Mason and Cali Chew. 

 

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Following the student performances, Hamilton cast members answered questions submitted by students. The performance of Hamilton took place in the early afternoon for the more than 2,000 students present.

Junior and Tech Techie Tiffany Hernandez Alberto said of the trip, “It was an experience I never thought I’d be able to have. As someone who knows the amount of work people behind the scenes put into a production, I was amazed to see how they were able to sync up the lights and sound in a beautiful way. I’m very satisfied.”

With additional funding for the tickets provided by Google, Facebook employees, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Stuart Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation and GitHub, three more educational matinee performances of Hamilton are planned for the Orpheum. Thanks to #EduHam, a total of more than 8,500 Bay Area students will have their shot to experience the phenomenon that is Hamilton.

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