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Front Page December 19, 2017  RSS feed

BHS Theatre presents “In the Heights”

By Sherry Matney

Usnavi (David Alcantar) waits on customers early on a summer morning in The Heights. Sherry’s Shots Usnavi (David Alcantar) waits on customers early on a summer morning in The Heights. Sherry’s Shots Three days in a Hispanic neighborhood of New York City called Washington Heights, is the setting of Buffalo High School Theatre’s latest production. The play opens early on a hot day in July, when Usnavi, played by David Alcantar, chases away a graffiti artist from his tiny bodega in Washington Heights. Usnavi does an outstanding job with a fast passed rap song called “En Washington Heights” and sets the tone for the rest of the play. The audience follows the characters through lives that are stressed with financial worries, parental concerns and death of a loved one.

In the Heights requires a very large cast with major rolls played by Alcantar as Usnavi; Nina Rosario played by Lilah Molina; and Abuela Claudia played by Madison Rowan.

Other named parts are: Graffiti Pete, Kyle Hurst; Piragua Girl, Kayleigh Rhodes; Kevin Rosario, Alvaro Sanchez; Camila Rosario, Nadia Garcia; Daniella, Dylan Cornish; Carla, Andrea Daniel; Sonny, Bocho Villagomez; Benny, Kendall Reynolds; Vanessa, Taylor Lack.

Making up the ensemble: Sheri Donaldson, John Vaughn, Tana Cleveland, Colby Menefee, Raeleigh Rhones, Nishit Taylor, Andrea Garcia, Alex Chase, Betsy Martinez, Mollie Dittmar, Sydney Lebel, Marguerite Jones, Aniah Anderson.

The production crew: Lilah Molina, Tristan Best, Jordan Early, Landon Folsom, Brenda Garcia, Peyton Graves, Mary Beth Helmcamp, Garrett McAlpine, Iveth Molina, Israel Rendon, Brizeida Rodriguez, Josalyn Taylor, and Dirk Kilgore.

Credits for direction and choreography go to Jill Henson, Martha Zimmerman and Nathan C. Hand.

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