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.


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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