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Area students attend special “Hamilton” matinee

Kristina Serafini

The story of Alexander Hamilton was brought to life on Friday as more than 2,500 students from the region were given the opportunity to attend a special matinee performance of “Hamilton” at the Benedum after spending weeks in their classrooms learning about the statesman and other Founding Fathers.

The students, from more than 40 regional schools, took part in the Hamilton Education Program—an effort from the Gilder Lehrman Institute in partnership with the Miranda family and “Hamilton” producers to improve the teaching and learning of American history. In the weeks leading up to the show, the students had been studying American history through a special integrated curriculum.

Before the matinee, students from some of the participating schools performed orginal works based on their studies. A question and answer session with “Hamilton” cast members also was held.

During the 2018-19 season, the Hamilton Education Program will visit a total of 14 cities. Tickets for the performances are only $10 for students.

Kristina Serafini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kristina at 412-324-1405 4-digit 6405, [email protected] or via Twitter @KristinaS_Trib.


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Brentwood High School's Logan Staude performs as John Adams during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Students from more than 40 regional high schools were invited to the Benedum for the program and a matinee performance of the show afterward.
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Students from more than 40 regional high schools listen as 'Hamilton' performers answer questions during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum Center on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The students also were treated to a matinee performance of the show.
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Albert Gallatin's Garrett Brown performs 'Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence' during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Students from more than 40 regional high schools were invited to the Benedum for the program and a matinee performance of the show afterward.
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'Hamilton' cast members answer questions from students during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum Center on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Students from more than 40 regional schools were invited to the program and were treated to a matinee performance of the show.
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A student listens as 'Hamilton' cast members answer questions during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum Center on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Students from more than 40 regional schools were invited to the program and were treated to a matinee performance of the show.
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Quaker Valley graduate Peter Smith (right) and other 'Hamilton' cast members answer questions from students during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum Center on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Students from more than 40 regional schools were invited to the program and were treated to a matinee performance of the show.
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Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts students perform 'Shay's Rebellion' during the Hamilton Education Program at the Benedum on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Students from more than 40 regional high schools were invited to the Benedum for the program and a matinee performance of the show afterward.