Long Trail School presents musical by 'Hamilton' creator

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DORSET — Long Trail School drama teacher Anna Bean's students love the musical "Hamilton." But since the acclaimed show's production rights are not yet obtainable, she found what might be the next-best thing for the school's fall production this year: another Broadway hit created by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

"In the Heights," set in a Hispanic-American neighborhood in Manhattan, depicts "the joys and complexities of many Latinx immigrant cultures coming together during a hot summer in the 1990s," Bean, who is directing the school's performance, said in a news release.

The show features "the same rhythms as 'Hamilton,'" Bean said, and its "music is based in hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and traditional musical theater."

Conceived by Miranda while he was an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, the show won several Tony Awards in 2008.

Bean said in an interview Tuesday that some students were already familiar with the show's music, which she described as "infectious."

Students will perform the musical at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at longtrailschool.org/ith or reserved at (802) 867-5717 x178 or lts@longtrailschool.org.

The cast and crew includes Leon Bell, Sam Carris, Lorelei Goodell, Henry Harding, Nora Heffernan-Smith, Emma Hoffmann, Olivia Hunter, Martha Hutcheson, Timur Langford, Ann Levering, Emma Luikart, Molly Luikart, Jade Marantz, Nora McTeigue, Pilar Niles, Julian Pirie, Victoria Quigley, Melanie Slentz, Lindsey Treat, Jae VanDerWielen, Lillie Wildman, Natalie Wildman, Zach Wildman and Jenna Zernhel.

Erika Tyler handled music direction, and Kelley Gaiotti handled choreography.

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