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2 neighborhood students starring in Garfield’s “In the Heights”

Two PhinneyWood-area students are appearing in Garfield High School’s presentation of “In the Heights,” by Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame.

Set in Washington Heights, New York, the story follows a small community of immigrants who work and live to build a better life in America. The characters throughout represent multiple generations of hard-working citizens who demonstrate a love of music and rhythm in everything they do. The opening song sets the stage of how these characters work every day to make ends meet, including one family supporting their daughter who is away at Stanford University. Although In the Heights takes place in the late 20th century, it deals with weighty and often controversial subject matter that remain relevant today. The overall message of the show reflects hope, hard work, and loyalty among a small community.

Declan Murray plays the role of Sonny.

Julia Laverde is in the ensemble and understudy for Camila Rosario, the mother of the young woman studying at Stanford.

The show began last week and continues this Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at Quincy Jones Performance Hall, 400 23rd Ave. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Parental guidance advised for children under 13.