“Their acting comes from the heart. They have a passion for theater, but they can see themselves in the show,” Katz said about the students.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the lyrics and composed the music for “In the Heights,” which won Drama Desk Awards for outstanding ensemble, performance and choreography in 2007; Tony Awards for best musical, original score, choreography and orchestration in 2008 and a Grammy for best musical show album also in 2008.
Stephania Cueva, who used to live in New York and visit relatives in Washington Heights, said she can really related to the show and its themes.
“Lawrence can be considered a little New York, with the domino players and the piragua,” said Cueva, who plays Sonny.
Although the musical is about Hispanics, Cueva said it speaks to all ethnic groups.
“Everyone can relate to them, because there are different characters who want to get out of the neighborhood and make a better life,” Cueva said.
If you go:
What: “In the Heights”
When: Feb. 27, 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m.; March 8 at 2 p.m.
Where: Lawrence High School Performing Arts Center, 70-71 N. Parish Road.
Cost: $10 and $7.