Durham Public Schools Students Perform in Charlotte Through ‘Hamilton’ Educational Program

Hillside High School and City of Medicine Academy teens take the stage
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Courtesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts

Students from Hillside High School and City of Medicine Academy in Durham were selected to perform on stage prior to a November performance of “Hamilton: An American Musical” in Charlotte. 

City of Medicine senior Gianni Lacey-Howard opened the day of student performances with her original rap about the Declaration of Independence. Soon after, three students from Hillside High School’s acting troupe ONE VOICE — Jalen McKoy, Daniella Ochman and Emani Eaglin — performed a two-minute scene about the “Women of Hamilton.” 

Hillside High School and City of Medicine Academy joined other North Carolina schools selected for the special performance through an educational partnership formed by “Hamilton” producers, The Rockefeller Foundation, the New York City Department of Education and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. 

Led by City of Medicine Academy U.S. history teacher Tracey Barrett, 100 of the school’s students attended the performance in Charlotte and took a college tour the next day. 

Hillside High School history teacher Alex Christman worked with theatre director Wendell Tabb to involve the school’s drama students, who were also a part of his history class in the project.


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