The Revere legislative delegation was delighted to host the extremely talented Revere High School Drama Club at the State House on May 15 to perform selections from their rendition of “In the Heights.” The performance, which took place on the Grand Staircase, filled the halls of the building with music and applause. This was an especially important event, as the RHS Drama Club re-established its musical theater program after a 30-year absence with this uplifting celebration of Hispanic culture that even garnered support from the show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
“I was so proud to welcome students from my High School (class of 2010) to perform a number of musical and theatrical renditions from ‘In the Heights’, at the State House,” said Representative Jessica Giannino (D-Revere). “This event was a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents for all to see and for the delegation to show how proud we are of what’s happening here in Revere. The display of talent, community, and pride echoed through the marble halls.”
“What a great honor to have the Revere Drama Club visit the State House, join with us in the chamber and to perform songs from their hit performance ‘The Heights’ on the grand staircase of the State House,” said Representative Jeffrey Turco (D-Winthrop). “Revere drama is back after a thirty-year hiatus; the students and their teachers deserve great credit for presenting themselves admirably and making Revere High and the City of Revere proud.”
“The talent of the Revere High School Drama Club was on full display this week at the State House,” said Senator Lydia Edwards (D-Boston). “The students and their teachers should be proud of the dedication, passion, and creative flair that made this production a success.”
“It was such a great final ending piece for these hard working, committed, not to mention, talented students,” said RHS Drama Teacher Kristina Menissian. “Reestablishing the after-school theatre program at RHS has seemed to have had a positive impact on these students and (hopefully) our community. Theatre is so important and so impactful for fostering creativity, but more importantly, in creating a safe space for all students regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, grade level, economic background, academic ability, language, etc. Theatre teaches us empathy and offers opportunities to walk in others shoes or in the case of In The Heights cast, to show what it is like to walk in the shoes of Hispanic immigrants – a relatable story for many of our students or any immigrant family. I hope our RHS students recognize the positive impact they’ve had on their school community as well as being a source of pride for our greater Revere community. I could not be prouder of them.”
The Stage Manager for “In The Heights,” eleventh-grader Adriana DeCicco, said “It was cool going there in general because I had never been there. It was awesome hearing our cast sing there too because of the amazing acoustics. It was an interesting experience getting to showcase the RHS Drama Club talent in the MA State House!”