If you have a theater kid, then you must know all about Hamilton. In our house, it’s the perennial soundtrack that my 12-year-old lives and breathes–and she hasn’t even seen the show…yet. While it can be a bit much sometimes, it’s great to see how this musical theater obsession can easily pique a child’s interest in U.S. history. Such is the thinking over at Cobblestone magazine which is hosting the Rap Into History Challenge. To determine what other figures in American history might inspire future Broadway lyricists, Cobblestone is inviting kids ages 9-12 to create and submit original raps that intrigue them. Selections will be judged by a panel of Broadway producers and Cobblestone editors, and winning selections will be featured online and in print. Audio and video entries may be submitted up until October 25, and winners will be announced on November 18. So if you’ve got a Lin-Manuel Miranda-in-the-making in your house, encourage him or her to crack open their history textbook and get inspired!
In a Nutshell: Even if you can’t snag tickets to the hottest show in town, here’s a chance for your own starlet to make history by rapping into history.