The stage of Tyler Junior College’s Wise Auditorium will be transformed into a New York City neighborhood for “In the Heights,” the Tony Award-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The show runs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 21-24.
Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors and students. The TJC Box Office opens Wednesday, Feb. 14, and box office hours are noon-6 p.m. weekdays during the run of the show. For reservations, call 903-510-2212.
The TJC spring musical is a long-standing tradition, bringing together the considerable talents of the school’s theater, music and dance departments.
The production is under the direction of Rebecca Faulds-Howard, TJC theater professor. Music director is Charles Praytor, TJC music professor. Choreography is by Carolyn Hanna, director of the TJC Academy of Dance.
Music and lyrics are by Miranda, with book by Quiara Alegria Ludes. In 2016, Miranda won the Tony Award for “Hamilton,” his groundbreaking, hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton and the American Revolution.
“In the Heights” won the 2008 Tony Awards for best musical, score, choreography and orchestrations.
The show combines Latin rhythms and dance with hip-hop lyrics to tell the story of the colorful residents of Washington Heights – a New York City neighborhood on the brink of change.
Usnavi, a first-generation Dominican-American and owner of the corner bodega, and his friends and family are dealing with the pressures of rising rents and closing neighborhood businesses.
Over the course of the show, the hard-working residents of Washington Heights grapple with love, identity and racism, all while the prospect of a winning lottery ticket hangs in the air, potentially changing the livelihoods of the people and the community forever.
TJC cast and crew
Stage manager is Brittany Puente of Grand Prairie. Assistant directors are Grace Lutrell of Diana and Dylan Mulhany of Palestine. Assistant stage manager is Hannah Early of Joshua. Director’s assistant is Matt Mooneyham of Fairfield.
Principal characters, cast members and their hometowns are: Usnavi, Gerardo Carreon of Gilmer; Sonny, Joey Herrera of Katy; Benny, Christopher Flores of Muleshoe; Graffiti Pete, Bryson Chalk of Big Sandy; Kevin, Dustin Thomas of Daingerfield; Piraguero, James Loya of Tyler; Nina, Emilie Casper of Tyler; Vanissa, Iliana Herrera of Tyler; Abuela Claudia, Carson Moreland of Hughes Springs; Daniella, Nicky Dempsey of Tyler; Carla, Lucy Salto of Houston; and Camila, Rita Roman of Quitman.
Ensemble cast members and their hometowns are: Skylar Brumit of Tyler; Aryn Preddy of Tyler; Breanna Burney of Garland; Sunshine Cornell of Whitehouse; Erin Maharney of Forney; Savannah Williams of Hawkins; Kaitlyn Sullivan of Harmony; Bailey Patton of Arlington; Liz Danly of Tyler; Taylor White of Paris; Walker Delk of Tyler; J.W. McFarland of Bullard; Jesus Gonzalez of Winona; William Clark of Whitehouse; Bryce Neel of Troup; Sean-Riley Cunningham of Tyler; Ryan Jackson of Tyler; Jerod Rogers of Tyler; and Trevor Holcombe of Flower Mound.
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