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‘Hamilton’ is a masterpiece

By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent


Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. [Joan Marcus

   DURHAM — “Hamilton: An American Musical” is a masterpiece.
The cast performed a beautiful show on Wednesday night at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Everything about it, from the set to talent, was amazing.
DPAC was one of the sites to receive this musical on its debut tour around the states. It is being performed now through Dec. 2.
Nik Walker gave an amazing performance as Aaron Burr. He delivered each song with passion and emotion. As Eliza Hamilton, Shoba Narayan made the audience feel her character’s pain and heartbreak. Along with the cast, the ensemble gave a stunning performance. The choreography blended in perfectly with the music, creating a toe-tapping good time.
If you get the opportunity to see this incredible show, take it.
“Hamilton: An American Musical” is an amazing experience that tells the story of the forgotten forefather.
“Hamilton: An American Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. today; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13-15; 8 p.m. Nov. 16; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 17; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 18; 7 p.m. Nov. 20-22; 8 p.m. Nov. 23; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 24; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 25; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27-29; 8 p.m. Nov. 30; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 1; and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. Tickets range from $278 and up and and can be purchased at or for more details, visit

Catherine Wiggins is a senior at Williams and a Teens & 20s writer.

Helping hands: Area teens accompany church group on mission trip

Editor’s note: The incorrect church was listed in the Nov. 5 print edition.  The correct church is listed below.

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent 

   Conner Callahan and Gray Garber recently returned from a mission trip to Langley, Ky.
The two 16-year-old friends traveled with New Covenant Fellowship Church in Graham from Oct. 3-6.
“I had never been on a mission trip before, and it just so happened that it lined up perfectly with school,” Callahan said. Both teens are juniors at Burlington Christian Academy.
Garber said that his church typically has trips geared for younger kids, but “this year, I decided to go and honestly, it was perfect. Just like Conner said, it lined up with school and everything worked in our favor.”
“The amount of poverty was incredibly sad and very eye-opening for me,” Garber said. “Being only five hours from North Carolina, you wouldn’t think that there could be such bad poverty especially being in the United States of America.”
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Voting is a privilege

By Jakob Miller
Times-News correspondent 

   One of the most sacred duties of American citizens is to vote.
This year, North Carolina voters will have their say on significant amendments to the state constitution, as well as a pivotal Supreme Court seat and three Court of Appeals seats in addition to the elections for U.S. House of Representatives, the state legislature, and local elections.
This year, elections for the Supreme Court have been made partisan for the first time in over a decade. Incumbent Justice Barbara Jackson, first elected in 2011 is running as a Republican. Jackson has stressed her extensive judicial experience during the campaign. Attorney Chris Anglin, also running as a Republican has emphasized the importance of judicial independence. Attorney Anita Earls, the only Democrat in the race, has highlighted her commitment to equal protection under the law.
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