Members of the Gateway Regional High School choir got the experience of a lifetime in February when they participated in a virtual workshop with members of the Broadway show Hamilton.
Students prepared a medley of music from the musical to sing with the other participants and cast members. The music director for Hamilton was one of the highlights of the workshop, and he presented interesting points about singing very fast rap music, diction, and rhythm.
There was a presentation about Hamilton choreography, specifically the part for the three sisters. Students watched a demonstration and got to practice the steps. Students also were able to sing with the performers. Students from Gateway were Joseph Pisani, Meghan Gilman, Leah Santiago, Katrina Nakaya, Kaitlyn Maynard and Ariana Montalvo-Keith. The virtual recording is attached below:
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Here is what the students are saying about the experience:
"Participating in the workshop was an amazing experience I won’t soon forget."
"Seeing the cast members’ facial expressions change when they were singing was cool to watch because it showed how dedicated they were to acting out the characters."
"My favorite part of the workshop was learning the choreography."
"I had so much fun at the Hamilton Choral Workshop! It was really cool to hear from the music director of the Broadway show. He had advice and pointers on little things that you would have never thought of yet make so much sense when noted."
"Overall this workshop was an incredible learning and musical experience for me."
"When the Broadway cast sang Burn, it was inspirational."
"I would have to say my experience from the Hamilton Workshop was an incredible gift. I got some very good advice on how to sing the songs from Hamilton, and how to become an actor. We learned some of the dances, heard the actors sing the songs and heard some backstage stories, which are always the best."
For more information on the choir, click here.