FALL RIVER: All the hard work over the past few months by students at Lockview High came to life as they performed Hamilton: An American Musical at the school on May 29.
The sung-and-rapped through performance detailed the life of Alexander Hamilton, the not-so-well-known founding father of the U.S. It incorporated hip-hop; rhythm and blues; pop music; soul music; traditional show tunes, as the music and book did, which inspired the original Broadway musical.
The original musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theatre in February 2015. The show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The prior off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominated categories.
The musical at Lockview consisted of 10 students performing the various parts in the fundraiser which sees all the proceeds and donations be given to The Phoenix Youth Foundation. Close to 65 people were in attendance for the two-hour plus performance.
In total, almost $300 was raised on the night.
Students who performed included: Jacob Tufts as the main star, Alexander Hamilton; Emily Wyatt as the lovely Eliza Schuyler; Hilarie Jones as Eliza’s sister, Angelica; Meagan Thompson as Aaron Burr/King George III; Lindsay Jackson as John Laurens; Haeleigh Moore as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Oliver Patriquin as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Aine Killen as Eliza and Angelica’s other sister, Peggy; Grand Lake’s Alexa MacDonald as George Washington; and Lauren Fieldsend, who was the full company.
It was evident that the students put in a lot of time and effort in rehearsals and learning their lines and the performance showcased that as they all performed brilliantly!