Cast members of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” visited the City of Hamilton Wednesday.
A crowd gathered along High Street and snapped photos as Paul Oakley Stovall, who plays George Washington, and Edred Utomi, who plays Alexander Hamilton in the show, stood in front of the Alexander Hamilton statue.
The Instagram worthy moment left some Hamilton High Schoolers almost speechless.
“Oh, woah, it was so exciting,” said Skylar Crooke, a Hamilton High junior.
Ashley Neal, also a junior said, “Oh my god, I almost cried… I was standing next to the man who plays Alexander Hamilton. I looked up and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m here today.'”
Neal said she feels a special connection to the Broadway show.
“Hamilton has changed my life drastically, because it actually saved it,” Neal said.
The Hamilton junior said she was battling depression when she was introduced to musical theater.
“After listening and learning about Alexander Hamilton, how he came from nothing and he’s one of our Founding Fathers, it made me realize there’s more to life than what it is now. You have to look ahead,” Neal said.
Neal said she’s excited for what lies ahead, but she’s also living in the present as she and classmates enjoyed the star-studded morning.
“I just want to say, being a Midwestern boy myself, that Ohio is the heart of this country, and it’s really lovely to come to a town of this size that has clearly maintained its integrity,” Stovall said.
Before leaving, Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller recognized the actors with a proclamation and of course, Hamilton water, which has been named best tasting in the world by the American Water Works Association.
“We’ve heard about this,” Stovall said.
“You’re going to be singing so much better because of our water,” Moeller said.
“Hamilton” is currently being performed at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati.