Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet Students Surprised with 'Hamilton' Tickets

September 13, 2018 02:07 PM

A huge surprise for several students at Folwell School, Performing Arts Magnet in Minneapolis, to see the pros in action.

"Hamilton," the hot Broadway musical, debuted at the Orpheum Theatre at the beginning of September.

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Tickets for the six-week run have been highly sought after and can cost big money, if you're not one of the lucky 40 to win the online ticket lottery.

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But on Thursday, about 100 eighth-graders at Folwell learned that they will get to see the production for free.

Kahlil Burge, Arlin Ortiz and several of classmates, entered the school's auditorium, Thursday morning eager to find out what was going on.

"I thought it was going to be the same thing as last year with ProjectSuccess," Burge said. "Where we talked about ourselves."

"Personally, I thought it was a normal assembly," Ortiz said.

But, this was no ordinary gathering.

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Each student was surprised with two tickets to see the popular musical.

Whether they were familiar with it, "I am kind of excited because there is Hip-Hop," Burgee said.

Or not.

"Well, just figure out what it is and learning new things," Ortiz said.

Adrienne Diercks, the founder of the student empowering group "Project Success" helped make it all possible.

"Normally at 'Project Success,' we have over 40 theater partners and we bring students to theater all throughout the year ... using it as a springboard for discussion and using it to inspire," Diercks said. "What better to inspire them than Hamilton, right?"

Some students already know who they want to enjoy the experience with them.

"Probably my mom," Burge said.

The tickets the students received are good for Sept. 22.

About 2,000 more students in Minneapolis Public Schools students in "Project Success" will get tickets to the show.

"Hamilton" warps up its Minneapolis schedule Oct. 7.

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