This week for Teen Book Talk, our reviewer talks about Dublin High School’s last musical production, In the Heights, (a Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda), which just closed last week.

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Neha H., Grade 9, Teen Reviewer

Dublin High School Drama Presents “In the Heights”

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This past weekend, a talented group of Dublin High School students put on six spectacular shows of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-Award winning musical, “In the Heights”, at the Center for Performing Arts and Education. The show was Dublin High’s first musical in eight years: the result of a collaborative effort between drama, band, and choir students, who had been practicing vigorously for the previous five months.

It tells the “universal story of a vibrant community” living in Upper Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood: a community with plenty of hopes, dreams, and aspirations, “where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind”.

The show featured an ensemble cast of over fifty talented actors and dancers, in addition to a live orchestra, where student musicians played alongside professional members in the pit.

I had the pleasure of attending Saturday night’s show, and was floored by the astounding vocal performances and dancing. As the curtain was drawn, I was instantly transported to the close-knit, spirited community of the barrio, courtesy of the impressive set. The blend of urban hip-hop and zesty salsa was as fervent and energetic as the community itself, and the cast and crew received a well-deserved standing ovation at the end.

The show’s themes about the meaning of home and family is what resonated with me deeply. It is certainly easy to identify with the protagonist, Usnavi, as he struggles to find where he truly belongs. As he witnesses each aspect of his life crumbling around him, he strives to maintain paciencia y fe (patience and faith) the show’s heartfelt and altogether inspiring philosophy.

I sincerely hope that Dublin High School continues to put on fabulous productions like these, that truly showcase the incredible talent of the students in our community.

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