Wonza Johnson is the understudy for Alexander Hamilton and several other characters in the Play Hamilton that is traveling around the country and most recently is in Charlotte at the Belk Theatre. Johnson is from the Lancaster area and attended Amdrew Jackson Middle School and Andrew Jackson High School. He preformed on stage in the Community Playhouse of Lancaster County.
Johnson come to the Kershaw community today to speak with students at Andrew Jackson High and Middle school. Johnson spoke highly of the Community Playhouse and how it helped shape his future. “The Community Playhouse was the first time I was ever on stage, and it helped me realize that was where I was meant to be. I did three shows with them, with different directors. I sang, I acted and it was the first time I was ever in front of an audience speaking and expressing myself in that way. That was the main stepping stone and opened the door. It laid the foundation for Andrew Jackson Middle. He made friends and collegues, met a mentor, and now I am able to come back and give back.” Johnson is also very much in favor of the upcoming vote for monies for renovations at the Community Playhouse on November 6th.
He spoke for about a half hour at each of Andrew Jackson’s schools. It was like coming home as he was able to identify some of his teachers and faculty that he had in Middle school, including Butch Dutton, Heather Turner, Chris Timmons and Kim Benton.
He spoke of having to learn mutiple parts that he would have to preform as part of the Hamilton play. One common request was for him to sing some of the songs from the play, which he was not able to do.
In a time when it seems tough to envision the future would hold a bright future, Wonza Johnson shows that with dedication and hard work anything is possible.
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