Here’s a small story among the literal hundreds you probably get every day :) The setting: a tiny university in the middle of cornfields Indiana. The event: Airband, debatably the largest event this university puts on annually where students compete as a wing or dorm or random collective to put on the best five minute performance to a mashup of songs while lip-syncing.
There was joking conversation about doing a Hamilton Airband for a while and slowly but surely it became less and less of a joke and more and more of something we wanted to make a reality. So a bunch of theatre fans including myself put together a five minute Hamilton Airband. We adore the musical and we worked super hard to put together a small preview with the hopes that it would be something exciting to share with people already familiar with the musical and intriguing for people who were not!
We had low expectations going in because we knew many people on our campus were unfamiliar with the songs and we worried we might not even make the final show because of this (Airband is usually very much about using things that are familiar or will provoke nostalgia in the audience, something we knew Hamilton was less likely to do). Despite this disadvantage, I’m happy to say that we not only made the final show, and got to be the closing act but also finished in 3rd place!! We want to thank you and show you how your musical inspired us as it has so many others! We know we come nowhere near to doing it justice but we had so much fun bonding over our mutual love for Hamilton and bringing it into our university’s public eye (small as it may be).
So thank you! Thank you for being such an inspiration. #heart4ham