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Thousands of high school students learning history lessons through 'Hamilton'

Thousands of students from across the region watched a private showing of "Hamilton" at the Paramount Theater on Thursday. It was part of The Hamilton Education Program, which takes the musical inside classrooms, integrating a unique curriculum on Alexander Hamilton and the nation's Founding Fathers. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE – Thousands of students from across the region watched a private showing of "Hamilton" at the Paramount Theater on Thursday.

The matinee performance culminated a six-week program in which more than 5,700 Seattle and Portland area high school students participated in this semester.

The Hamilton Education Program, EduHam, takes the musical inside classrooms, integrating a unique curriculum on Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers.

“Because they were so inspired by the music, they dove into these primary sources in, with just so much enthusiasm,” said Mia Mlekarov, a teacher at Highline Big Picture High School.

The Hamilton Education Program is one of several history education programs at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

In addition to seeing the performance, students engaged in a Q&A session with "Hamilton" cast members. Fifteen students also performed an original work, based on their classroom studies.

“I’m going to be riding the high for a month,” said 16-year-old Simone Williams, who performed a rap she wrote on Abigail Adams.

About 2,800 students took part in Thursday’s activities, the students from the remaining 36 high schools will visit the Paramount Wednesday, March 14.

“Performing for a crowd of young, future leaders and artists of America is awesome,” said Tyler McKenzie, a "Hamilton" cast-member in the ensemble.

"Hamilton" wraps up its tour in Seattle on March 18.

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