Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hamilton: 2,700 Denver Students and Teachers Will Attend Performance at The Buell Theatre

The innovative educational program that debuted at HAMILTON on Broadway will continue in Denver (Denver Center for the Performing Arts) on Wednesday, March 21 when 2,700 students and teachers from 38  Denver area high schools attend the matinee performance of the musical at The Buell Theatre. 

The March 21 all-student matinee performance in Denver will provide more than 2,700 Denver area high school students the opportunity to experience the musical HAMILTON after having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers. 

In addition to seeing a performance of HAMILTON, students will participate in a Q&A with members of the HAMILTON cast.  As well, students representing various schools in attendance will perform an original work they created based on their classroom studies – songs, rap, poetry, scenes, monologues – on The Buell Theatre stage in front of their peers.  

The Hamilton Education Program is one of several history education programs at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Its president, James G. Basker -- who devised the education program in New York in tandem with HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, producer Jeffrey Seller, The Rockefeller Foundation and the NYC Department of Education -- adds, “This project is transformative. HAMILTON has struck a chord with our nation’s students because it embodies what great history education is all about: bringing the past to life, and fostering connections with the exceptional individuals and moments that have made us who we are. This program empowers students to reclaim their own narrative and empowers teachers to bridge classroom learning with the stage.”

HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller, who was instrumental in developing the HAMILTON Education Program, says about the program in Denver, “Our goal is to ensure that students have a shot to see HAMILTON and use its words, music and staging to further their understanding and enjoyment of American History, music and drama. We’ve had the pleasure of expanding the education program outside of New York in Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities around the country.”

Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation said “After the initial success of the partnership in New York City we could not throw away our shot to ensure students across the United States had the opportunity to witness living breathing history. We look forward to seeing the creativity and engagement this program continues to spur.” ‘

Google has worked with the HAMILTON producers to make tickets for this educational partnership available thanks to funding from their philanthropic arm,

"Google is proud to work with Hamilton Education Program and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to bring Hamilton to thousands of students in the Denver community. The play shares a critical piece of American history and it's especially important for high school students to be engaged in civic learning and have a deep understanding of our country's past so they can make informed decisions about its future," says Gerardo Interiano, Head of External Affairs for Colorado. 

Schools participating in the March 21 program include:

  • Alameda International High School
  • Arapahoe Ridge High School
  • Atlas Preparatory School
  • Bruce Randolph High School
  • Denver School of Science and Technology Green Valley Ranch High School
  • Denver South High School
  • DSST: College View High School
  • Early College Academy
  • Emily Griffith High School
  • Global Leadership Academy
  • Harrison High School
  • High Tech Early College
  • John F. Kennedy High School
  • Justice High School
  • KIPP Denver Collegiate High School
  • KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy
  • Legacy Options High School
  • Manual High School
  • Mapleton Early College High School
  • Moffat School (K-12)
  • Monte Vista High School
  • Noel Community Arts School
  • North High School
  • Northglenn High School
  • Overland High School
  • RiseUp Community School
  • Sheridan High School
  • Sierra High School
  • Strive Prep RISE
  • STRIVE Prepatory Schools - Excel Campus
  • The New America School Thornton
  • Vantage Point High School
  • Venture Prep
  • West Early College
  • West Leadership Academy
  • York International

The Rockefeller Foundation provided an initial grant of $1.46 million that funded the educational partnership in New York City.  After the resounding success of the partnership in New York, The Rockefeller Foundation committed an additional $6 million to the effort to support the national expansion of the program.  The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history of supporting the arts and humanities, fueled by a belief that the cultivation of aesthetic sensibilities through literature, music and other fine arts is essential to the well-being of humanity.  The HAMILTON Education Program underscores the Foundation's commitment to nurturing the vitality of American cultural institutions and the role of the arts as a catalyst for social change.