Sixteen Loudoun County High School students were among a small group of lucky young people from three Washington, DC, area schools who attended an intimate performance of songs from the Broadway musical “Hamilton” at the White House last week.
The students were accompanied by drama instructor John Wells and choral teacher Willis Rosenfeld and welcomed by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on March 14.
The action-packed day included a talk from “Hamilton” star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, a workshop with actors Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, and Anthony Ramos, and a concert-style performance from actors in the East Room.
After reading examples of the way Miranda created some of the musical’s songs using primary source documents, the young actors were challenged to create original dramatic works using primary source documents in the weeks leading up to the performance. Select students performed their work for cast members and their peers after extensive research and hard work.
“The pay-off proved well worth the effort as the students sat in the front row in the East Room of the White House for what the President aptly described in his opening remarks as ‘the hottest ticket in town’ for an experience that will certainly prove a cherished memory of all,” Wells said.