HS Play 2017: In The Heights


This year’s HS Play,  In the Heights, opens for a 3-night run on Thursday, October 19th. Tickets are now available from the ISM Cashier’s Office or the Electronic Kiosk. Here is the essential details:

  • Show Times: Thursday, Oct 19th @6pm/ Friday, Oct 20th @6:30pm/ Saturday, Oct 21st@6:30pm
  • Run time: 2 hour and 5 minutes, which includes a 15 minute intermission.
  • Tickets: 150PHP for students/ 300PHP for adults
  • Outside Guests: If you have friends or family from out side ISM who wish to watch, please make sure you communicate with ISM security at least a day in advance to arrange clearance. As an ISM ID holder, you can vouch for them to enter the campus.

Plot: In The Heights examines how immigration shapes a person’s concept of home. The action centres around residents of New York’s ethnically diverse Washington Heights as they face the consequences of impending gentrification. Usnavi, the proprietor of the corner bodega, guides us through a  neighborhood where the beats of hip-hop, salsa and soul punctuate the highs and lows of life. Over three of the hottest days in July 2008, fortunes shift, romance blooms, and tempers flair. But with a little ‘Paciencia Y Fe’, the characters may still be able to reconcile their love for distant familial roots with their lives in the United States.

Background: Washington Heights in New York has been shaped by several waves of migration. During the early 20th century, it was home to mainly European immigrants, including significant Irish and Jewish populations. However, by the 1980’s many Hispanic groups, including Dominicans, Cubans and Puerto Ricans, had also come to call it home. Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of In the Heights, wanted to celebrate the vibrate sense of community that comes with such diversity. He originally staged In the Heights during his sophomore year of college. Three senior students and an alumnus, Thomas Kali, were so taken by the show, they convinced Miranda to produce a revised version with a view to gaining Broadway release. Five drafts and eight years later, the show opened on Broadway, with Miranda in the lead role and Kali as the director. In 2008, the show was awarded both the Tony and Grammy for Best Musical.

Who is this show suitable for? In The Heights is a full length Broadway musical.  This means the First Act is an hour and 5 minutes and the Second Act is 50 minutes.  It is made up of big dance and singing numbers mixed with some wonderful duets and solos. The whole show is high energy and will entertain most ages that can sit for the length of the show. That said, there are some mature themes such as identity and relationships, a few innuendos, and some mild cussing such as ‘damn’.  One scene is based in a salsa bar and there are also a few romantic scenes. Another thing to note is that several characters are Christians so there is are quite a few references to God. The websites I have read suggest that families who have brought young children have found that content that might be seen as too mature went over the heads of their children anyway. Children seemed to be focused more on the big, fun scenes.  In summary, depending on the sensitivities of your child and family, most Grade 7 or above students should  be fine to watch by themselves. Grade 6 and below would be better suited to coming with adult supervision, but will still enjoy the big dance and singing numbers.

Video, Photos and Phones: This is a licensed show and ISM has therefore signed a legal contract regarding the distribution of images and video. Please DO NOT bring cameras to the show. Also, please be aware that you will need to have a phone that can be put into airplane mode because we are using so many microphones, which pick up texts etc.

 

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