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LISTEN: Utah Students Take The 'Hamilton' Stage

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Students perform original work at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City as part of 'EduHam.'

Last Friday, more than 2,000 high school students from all over Utah were treated to a special matinee performance of the hit musical "Hamilton," which chronicles the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. But before the the cast took the stage at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City, some of the students had turn.

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It’s called "EduHam," short for Hamilton Education Program. The program was developed in part by the musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, as an effort to get students from low income communities into the theater and invested in U.S. history. Each student at Friday’s performance went through a Hamilton curriculum and submitted a project: An essay, poem or song based in the same time period.

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