Hamilton is a national phenomenon. It plays to sold out audiences nationwide.
In Tampa Thursday, some students took the stage before 2,400 of their peers from Tampa Bay and beyond, for the show, before the show like Leto High School student Alex Delgado who performed on stage.
“It means the world. I’m here with the people I love and I get the education and I get to see one of my favorite plays in the whole world.”
It’s called EduHam , an opportunity for students and teachers to learn about Hamilton and perform. It’s a unique theatrical experience.
Part of the pre-show performance included a question and answer session with some of the cast and crew. There were questions ranging from pre-show rituals, to how much works goes into putting up a set. It’s a moment that teaches theatre and life.
“When the kids ask what piece of advice do you have for your younger self… going into the future. i almost think they have this answer to life… but we’re still learning,” said cast member Julian Ramos.
Straz CEO Judy Lisi saide the program brings theatre to kids who may never get the chance to go.
“It really is. The play has had such an impact on young people everywhere, not just here but everywhere. i think it’s a new way of looking at the power of theatre”
And that was in fact the case for many of these young people and for some of the special ones, a chance see theatre and perform.
“It’s a feeling of exhilaration, you wanna do your best you wanna have fun, you wanna excite the crowd,” said Jefferson High senior Maria Fernandez.
The Rockefeller Foundation put up the initial investment for EduHam to tune of $1.46 million. They kicked in another $6 million after it was such a huge success.