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Glen Cove High School Masquers Society presents Lin Manuel-Miranda’s In the Heights

Members of Glen Cove High School’s Masquers Society put on their drama production of In the Heights on April 8 and 9, following a special dress rehearsal on April 7 for senior citizens. The production marked the performing arts program’s first live musical after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the Heights follows the members of the tight-knit Latino community of Washington Heights, New York, over a three-day period. At the center of the story is bodega owner Usnavi, who dreams of opening a bar in his home country, the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, one couple prepares to give everything they have to afford an Ivy League education and a better life for their daughter, a first-generation college student. The Tony award-winning musical, written by Lin Manuel-Miranda, captures the meaning of success, happiness and family. 

“I’m thrilled that live musical theater is back at Glen Cove High School. This year’s production was one that had special meaning for me and for so many in our community. Our students are accomplished thespians, and being able to perform in front of a live audience, to create exciting theatre off the energy of the audience, is something our students cherish, and I am sure the audience fully appreciates,’ said Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana.

“What a wonderful and joyful experience our students’ performance of In the Heights was,” added Dr. Maria Rianna, Superintendent of Schools. “The entire production - from the actors to the stage crew to the musicians - was one of professionalism and a showcase for the artistic talents of our students. Bravo!.”  

The show’s cast, in order of appearance, included:

  • Graffiti Pete - Phoebe George
  • Usnavi De La Vega - Dylan Trif
  • Nina Rosario - Kristen Sita
  • Kevin Rosiario - Elijah Goldstein
  • Camila Rosario - Michaela Adam
  • Benny - Andrew Ginez
  • Vanessa - Sofia Lorenti
  • Sonny - Willow Landaverde
  • Abuela Claudia - Shye Roberts
  • Daniela - TaRea Galatro
  • Carla - Elle Woska
  • Piraguero - Luis Barrera

Principal ensemble members included Angelica Bencio, Marisabel Cavese, Matthew Coylem Starlin Peralta Taveres, Dakota Rios and Paloma Supica. Ensemble members also included Savion Allen Vega, Michele Cruz Chacon, Max Dahlke-Moll, Anastasia Edwards, Daniel Hernandez, Milaydi Martinez, Jake Milanese, Nathan Napolitano, Veronica O’Regan, Dani Padilla, Tristan Soto and Sarah Yates.

Glen Cove High School’s Masquers Society presented its drama production of In the Heights on April 8 and 9. The cast is seen rehearsing one of its musical numbers below. 

The story follows the members of the tight-knit Latino community of Washington Heights, New York, over a three-day period.

Student-actor Luis Barrera starred as the Piraguero, a resident who sells shaved ice and represents the hard work and relentless optimism of the characters’ home countries.

The lives of the characters intersect throughout the course of the play. 

Glen Cove High School student-actors are seen rehearsing one of the play’s musical numbers.