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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 18:39

Thanks to teacher’s connections, 58 students, teachers will see ‘Hamilton’

  If you want to see “Hamilton,” be prepared to shell out hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a ticket to the hottest musical to hit Broadway in decades.
    That is, unless you attend Port Washington High School. Fifty music students plus eight teachers will have the opportunity to buy tickets to see the acclaimed hip-hop musical about American founding father Alexander Hamilton at the CICB Theater in Chicago — a Feb. 14 trip approved by the Port Washington-Saukville School Board Monday.
    The ticket price — $109 with taxes and fees included — is less than half the cost of the cheapest seat normally available in Chicago.
    So how did Port Washington High School score 58 of what Rolling Stone Magazine last year called “the toughest ticket on the planet”? Like a lot of things in the performance world, it had a lot to do with who you know, specifically who Port High Choral Director Dennis Gephart knows.
    “I have a travel agent friend and one day I told her, ‘If you ever have an opportunity to get “Hamilton” tickets, let me know,’” said Gephart, who has taken students on tours throughout the country and overseas. “She laughed at me and said, ‘You’re never going to get student prices for that show.’”
    But in July, the agent called Gephart and told him that she heard through the grapevine that a limited number of student tickets for Chicago performances would be going on sale and asked if he was interested. After clearing it with Supt. Michael Weber, Gephart told her to snatch up as many tickets as she could.
    “She talked to her contact and was told, ‘But no one even knows about this yet,’” Gephart said. “She said, ‘But I do.’”
    Last month, Gephart found out that 58 tickets had been reserved for Port Washington High School.
    “Sixty is the most any school can get, and there are lot of schools who are going to get a lot fewer if they get any,” he said.
    “This is one of the greatest musicals of all time, and getting a chance to see it will be one of those things students remember their entire lives.
    “We’re trying to inspire kids and prepare them for all the different careers involved in musicals like ‘Hamilton.’”
    Gephart didn’t have to ask twice for School Board permission to take students to Chicago for the show.
    “That our students have the opportunity to see ‘Hamilton’ is unbelievable,” School Board member Sara McCutcheon said. “I’m jealous.”
    Weber said, “I think it’s really wonderful to extend this opportunity to our students.”
    It comes as no surprise that finding chaperones doesn’t look like it will be a problem. Gephart said social studies and communications teachers will be given the opportunity to supervise the trip. And, of course, he wouldn’t miss the chance to see the groundbreaking musical.  
    “I’m excited too,” he said. “I was so pumped up when I heard we got the tickets.”
    
   

 
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