'Hamilton' Inspires Youth In Foster Care
North American Precis Syndicate
Mary Iannuzzi gets ready for "Hamilton" with Chris, a student in Treehouse's Graduation Success program. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—A generous donor recently opened up the worlds of theater,
music and history to a group of deserving young people, especially picked for
their passion and involvement in performing arts.
Students in Treehouse’s Graduation Success
program experienced the Tony Award−winning,
hip-hop musical sensation “Hamilton.”
Treehouse gives youth in foster care a childhood
and a future. The nonprofit has increased the extended graduation rate for
youth in its program to 89 percent. Nationwide, less than 50 percent of youth
in foster care earn diplomas.
Shayla, a high school junior who wants to pursue
a career in theater, was overjoyed to learn about the tickets.
“I screamed. I started crying. I was on the ground hyperventilating,”
she said. “I couldn’t even say thank you because I couldn’t
The musical would prove to be everything Shayla
“The sets were beautiful, the costumes were gorgeous and the actors
did an amazing job,” she said.
“Hamilton” is based on the story of the nation’s
founding fathers and has one of Broadway’s most diverse casts. The
national tour for 2018 will perform in 20 cities around the country.
The play’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast white historical
figures—including Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson—with
African-American, Latino and Asian-American actors. This decision has
inspired young theatergoers across the country, including Treehouse
“The best part for me was that Chris, my student, could envision
himself playing a number of amazing characters,” said Mary Iannuzzi, Treehouse Education
Treehouse is based in Washington, operates
statewide and provides guidance to organizations serving youth in foster care
all over the country.
For further information or to make a donation yourself, visit www.treehouseforkids.org.
donor recently gave tickets to the
musical “Hamilton” to deserving Treehouse
Graduation Success students with a passion for performing arts. Treehouse provides guidance to organizations serving
youth in foster care all over the country. http://bit.ly/2I5tsn7”
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