Proviso East Student Performs Poetry On Stage Before ‘Hamilton’ Production

Saturday, October 21, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The cast of the popular play, “Hamilton.” | 

Anahi Soto, a 16-year-old junior at Proviso East High School, was recently selected to perform onstage at the CIBC Theatre in Chicago, moments before it was overtaken by the cast of the popular musical “Hamilton.”

Soho had won a District 209-wide competition in order to earn the honor. She was the only student the night of the performance who was selected to read her work before an audience that looked like this one:


A crowd inside of the CBIC Theatre. | Trip Adviser 

Soto’s poem was rather fitting, considering the context (“Hamilton” is a Tony- and Pulitzer-award-winning play that is performed by a largely minority cast in song and rap lyrics, and is about the American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton).

“I performed a poem that I wrote that spoke about the beginning to the bill of rights, and what it means to have such freedoms,” Soto said. “I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to have represented my school, Proviso East, and the Maywood community in front of a full house and inside such a prestigious theater.”


Anahi Soto. | Photo submitted

Soto credited some Proviso East faculty and administration members for organizing the the event.

“My APUSH teacher Mr. Kayser, and librarian, Ms. Shabana, did an amazing job in orchestrating this event,” she said. “Even Dr. Patrick Hardy, the school principal, accompanied us. His charm made it a very comfortable environment for everyone to be themselves.”

Soto said that the “Hamilton” cast members were “very helpful, friendly and approachable.”

“I had the opportunity to speak with the cast, including the actress who played Eliza Hamilton,” she said. “She helped me to relax just as my turn was coming up, and gave me some advice on how to perform. This was an experience that I will cherish forever.” VFP

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4 thoughts on “Proviso East Student Performs Poetry On Stage Before ‘Hamilton’ Production

  1. Thanks go out to the people that bring theses opportunity to our youth, with out them the light of our youth would not be given a chance to shine. As for our young people, reach for the sky it’s not that far. Dreams were made for chasing. You are the future! Much love to all.

  2. Wow! An awesome article! Anahi Soto is going to do bigger things in her future. Her presence and hard work at Proviso East is going to pay off. Kudos to her parents for raising an amazing young woman, to the faculty at Proviso East, but…to the community of the Proviso Township, thank you for believing in our children. Keep striving higher!

  3. Awesome experience! Lead the way, Anahi! What a way to represent Maywood. Please don’t sleep on Maywood.

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