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Hollywood High School to present 'In the Heights'

May 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hollywood High School has become the first high school in the U.S. to get the Broadway rights for "In the Heights."

The performing arts magnet school has invested in the talents of its teenagers to make the show something special. Students have been rehearsing for weeks to make the Tony-winning musical come alive in the school auditorium.

The musical is about three days in the life of a neighborhood in New York City. The show will raise much-needed money for the magnet program.

"We have very few funds and even now our funds for the next year are being cut," said Stormy Sacks, the school's musical director. "The year after that, it looks like they're going to be cut even more, so we need the money to keep going."

Roger Neal, one of the performers, says he's thrilled to bring his passion to the stage. He says viewers will be moved.

"It relates to you," he said. "That's one of the things that's different about this musical. It relates to everyday life."

On Wednesday night, the student performers were rehearsing in a classroom while the behind-the-scenes students were busy working on the sets.

The clock is ticking to opening night on May 10. There will be six performances starting May 10 and ending May 19. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with a valid ID. For tickets, visit hollywoodhightickets.com .


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