TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — A retired Rhode Island couple who spent their professional lives in the entertainment industry wants to send two high school students to a performance of the award-winning musical “Hamilton.”

Lou Viola and Celeste Ferendo, of Tiverton, are asking students to write a one-page essay on “Seeing Hamilton in Providence this Summer is Important to Me Because …”

Viola tells the he sees the contest as a way of “paying it forward,” because he was inspired by theater professionals when in high school.

His wife, Ferendo, still works with students and says many can’t afford “Hamilton” tickets.

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The contest, with a July 28 deadline, is open to public high school students in Tiverton, Portsmouth and Little Compton. The

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