May 13, 2013
With a cast of 40 students, 20 of them have never been in a show before. 'In The Heights' has brought together a diverse and unique new group of friends who call themselves a family.
"It's a really good feeling to know that I'm part of something this big," said sophomore Monticello High School student, Alex Espinosa.
Espinosa never thought he'd be in the spotlight, dancing and singing for hundreds of people.
"With the music that they have and the dancing and it just feels like my thing. Like I belong in this," he said.
This year's spring musical at Monticello High School is 'In The Heights'. It has a plot about immigrants coming to the U.S. for a better life with a musical score full of hip-hop and rap.
"It's not just the drama kids or the chorus kids, it's pretty much anyone that is a spanish speaker that wants to do this," Espinosa said.
Gabi Davis, also took a chance and auditioned for the show this year.
"They told me that it was gonna have a lot of dancing so I was like 'oh wow that sounds like a good one' because it'll match what I like to do," Davis, a sophomore at Monticello High School who has never been in a show before.
Director Madeline Michel says she's proud to have brought together a group of kids who might have never met each other if it wasn't for this show.
"I would see them in the hallways but it was just like 'oh, it's you' like we didn't know eachother too well," said Davis. "But after we had to come to practice everyday now it's like a big family. It's not just acting on stage anymore. It's real."
And now the weekend they've all been working and waiting for is just around the corner.
"Honestly I don't want it to end," Espinosa said who connects to the show through the immigration aspect. His family came to the U.S. years ago.
A group of teens who are inspired by each others differences all because of one high school musical that taught so much more than just lyrics and choreography.
"Just go for your dreams because you never know," said Davis who now wants to dance professionally.
You can buy tickets for the show on their website http://www2.k12albemarle.org/school/mohs/Pages/default.aspx
The performances are May 16th-19th.