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The Springville Center for the Arts is heading into the heights

IT WON’T BE LONG NOW — Pictured is the cast of “In the Heights,” a Latin musical set in New York City. The cast will perform in the Springville Center for the Arts, July 25 – Aug. 4.
SPRINGVILLE — The fusion of Latin music and New York City atmosphere has come to the Springville Center for the Arts, as the last few weeks of rehearsals focus on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights,” which will run July 25 – Aug. 4.

This Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of life in Washington Heights. The play focuses on immigrants from a number of Hispanic backgrounds.

Through an arrangement with Rogers and Hammerstein, “In the Heights” will bring together more than 20 college and high school student performers from Springville, East Aurora, Ellicottville and Gowanda.

“It’s given me the opportunity to do something I enjoy, not only with the people I grew up with, but with new faces, too,” said Jordan Dubay, who plays the character of Benny.

The cast began rehearsals in June.

Deb Gill, who plays the role of Carla, said, “It’s not always easy to find programs in small communities that can bring artists together, to work as a team. This is a really unique opportunity and I am so thankful to be a part of it.”

“In the Heights” is being produced and directed by a team of five SCA interns who hail from universities ranging from Loyola in Chicago to the State University of New York at Potsdam.

This is the SCA’s second summer of the children’s theater internship program. “It’s a win-win situation, for everyone,” Dubay said.

“The cast gets new theater artists to work with, in the summer, each with fresh, new ideas and perspectives. At the same time, the interns have the opportunity to get some real-life experience producing a show.”

The production is supported by Springville Youth Incorporated and M&T Bank. This musical will open on Thursday, July 25 in the Carol Mongerson Theater, located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville, with a “pay what you can with a can” preview night.

Audience members may pay any amount, along with the donation of a non-perishable item.

Performances are scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Student, senior and adult tickets are at www.springvillearts.org, by calling 592-9038 or visiting the box office at Arts Underground, located at 66 East Main St. in Springville.
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