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DPS students to perform in Charlotte through Hamilton educational program

Students from Hillside High School and City of Medicine Academy have been selected to perform prior to the Thursday, Nov. 1, performance of Hamilton: An American Musical in Charlotte, NC.
CMA senior Gianni Lacey-Howard will open the day of student performances with her original rap about the Declaration of Independence. Soon after, three students from Hillside’s acting troupe ONE VOICE— Jalen McKoy, Daniella Ochman and Emani Eaglin—will perform a two-minute scene about the Women of Hamilton.
Hillside and CMA will join 12 other North Carolina schools selected for the special performance through an educational partnership formed by Hamilton producers, The Rockefeller Foundation, the NYC Department of Education, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. Before selected students see the show, their teachers guide them through a unique, hands-on class project using Gilder Lehrman Institute resources to introduce the students to the people, events, and documents of the founding era. In addition, the students learn how Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton, incorporated primary sources into the songs he wrote for the show and use that knowledge to produce their own performance pieces.
CMA’s project is led by U.S. History teacher Tracey Barrett, who applied to the Gilder Lehrman Institute. One hundred CMA students—all juniors and some seniors who completed a required assignment—will attend the performance and then take a college tour the next day. Hillside history teacher Alex Christman worked with theatre director Wendell Tabb to involve Drama students in the project who were also a part of his history class. Forty-six Hillside students will attend the performance. The Hillside and CMA students depart for Charlotte at 5:30 a.m. that morning.
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