J. Kyle Rains – Guest Contributor
Apr 18 2017
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Woodrow students at Hamilton They met Tony winner Jackson, Yale University's Freeman and Shawn from Fox News.
Woodrow Wilson High School theater students were the special guests at Hamilton's America recently, where they met Tony Award winner from the show, Christopher Jackson. 

Jackson originated the role of George Washington in Broadway’s Hamilton.

Hosted by the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University, there was a lively conversation on the phenomenon that has propelled Alexander Hamilton and our Founding Fathers into the pop culture mainstream. Jackson, currently co-starring in the popular CBS series, Bull, was joined onstage by filmmaker Alex Horwitz, director of the PBS special Hamilton’s America, and Yale University historian and Hamilton expert Joanne Freeman.  Eric Shawn, the anchor of Sunday Fox News Live, moderated. 

The program featured clips from Hamilton’s America, which included interviews with President and Mrs. Bush, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and scenes from the Broadway production.

Best Actor winner Jackson advised the students to "be the hardest worker you know. Be the most well-read person you know. Be the most open and generous person you know". 

In January, Woodrow Creative and Performing Arts Academy students visited New York City, where they attended three Broadway shows and had special instruction, including choreography, from the casts. 

On April 20 - 23 the young thespians will present Woodrow's 60th annual Broadway musical, Seussical.