The Summer Musical TheatreCamp opens its twenty-second season with a contemporary musical theater production this week. In the Heights will be performed at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College.
The musical In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, is now making American musical theater history with his current musical, Hamilton, now a mega-hit on Broadway.
The cast includes: Chase Pittman as Usnavi de la Vega; Gemma Smith, Nina Rosario; Cameron Sparks, Kevin Rosario; Caitlin Mongon, Camila Rosario; Blake McClure, Benny; Sydney Leiser, Vanessa; Brent Davis, Sonny; Rebekah Herskovitz, Abuela Claudia; Sofia Ferraro, Daniela;
Raquel Martin, Carla; Isaiah Balzer, Graffiti Pete; Noah Budkoski, Piraguero Guy.
Ava Bratic; Ally Chester; Maria Clark; Sebastian Conte; Anastasia Costas; Annie Doughty; Tony Freveletti; Graciela Fernandez; Kylie Giliberto; Gwen Gitto; Simone Glomboski; Will Gooden; Lily Hayes; Mya Horn; Monica Martin; Susi Matza; Madison Mintzer; Eli Moseley; Lindsay Philcox;
Windle Shapiro; Trey Simmons; Beth Slade; Sarah Stepp; Liz Steward; Kyler Unsworth; Maya Weed; and Alexis Williams.
Performances of In the Heights are Friday evening, July 1, and Saturday evening, July 2, at 7:30 PM. There is a Sunday matinee on July 3 at 2:00 PM.
Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program and Director/Choreographer for Grease. Nikki Falcao is the Assistant Director and Set Artist. Carl Liberatore returns as Technical Director. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.
The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 22nd season, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production: acting, music and dance. The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.
The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely recognized as the leading training ground for young actors. Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 38 musical theater shows with over 1500 kids and teens in participation. For the past thirteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage. Additionally, for a seventh year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls. The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia. Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county. Many are now in leading college programs throughout the country and as far away as Abu Dahbi, Saudi Arabia. Many former SMTC alumni are working as professional actors around the country. This summer over 175 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in this 2016 summer season.
All performances take place at the beautiful Lewis Auditorium on the campus of Flagler College. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children 8 and under. The box office opens one hour before each show. The theater opens one half-hour before each show. Seating is general admission. There is no reserved or call-ahead seating. For additional information call (904) 501-7396.