“The reaction was joyous disbelief.”
That’s how our longtime partner teacher from Henry High School, Patrick Pelini, described his response when he first learned Henry students would be seeing Hamilton.
Project SUCCESS brought 5,000 students from the region to see Hamilton at no cost to them in September and October 2018.
Explore stories, videos and media coverage from the day below. Curious how this amazing partnership came together? Read our first blog post from September 2018.
Folwell and Hamilton
In September, Project SUCCESS facilitator Ryan prepared Folwell School Performing Arts Magnet students to see Hamilton during his in-class workshops by discussing the history of Alexander Hamilton and the themes explored in the musical. Students watched videos about Hamilton growing from its original concept to the full-scale production, then did some personal reflection, connecting quotes from the musical to their own life experiences. Their exploration of history and legacy culminated in an opportunity to experience the show for themselves! Each 8th grader was able to bring one guest to the performance; some of the students invited their previous or current teachers who inspire them.
As one Folwell student said of her Hamilton experience:
“My story that I’m going to tell is that it doesn’t matter where you come from — you can change the world.”
The Hamilton Education Program and Project SUCCESS High Schools
In September and October, thousands of students came together to see the Broadway hit during two Hamilton Education Program (“EduHam”) days in Minneapolis.
The students’ on-stage performances wowed us. Their excitement and enthusiasm were infectious. And here at Project SUCCESS, our longtime dream of bringing students to Hamilton came true as we watched an incredible day unfold for our students.
Students had a chance to to see the show for themselves, but first, a number of students performed their own Hamilton-inspired pieces on stage before the show. The days also offered students an opportunity to do a Q&A with the cast and crew of Hamilton — from lead characters, to stage and prop managers, to swing actors and members of the orchestra, each person shared their incredible and varied perspectives.
The Hamilton Education Program Minnesota occurred because of our work in partnership with the Hamilton producers, the Miranda Family, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and The Rockefeller Foundation. Local Hamilton programming and access to performances through the Hennepin Theatre Trust were made possible by major grants from Aroha Philanthropies, devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity; Target, putting the needs of people, communities and the planet at the heart of how we work today, to help build a better tomorrow; and the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf Family Foundations, who are dedicated to advancing the well-being of youth through education.
5,000 students experience Hamilton with Project SUCCESS
Folwell 8th Graders See Hamilton with Project SUCCESS
- MPR News – October 3, 2018: When kids come to see ‘Hamilton,’ it’s noisy downtown
- WCCO – September 28, 2018: Local Students Meet ‘Hamilton’ Cast After Taking Musical Curriculum
- MinnPost – September 28, 2018: ‘Young, scrappy and hungry’: area high school students share the stage with ‘Hamilton’
- Star Tribune – September 26, 2018: 5,000 ‘little Hamiltons’ get their shot at hottest ticket in Twin Cities