Every year, 8th graders participate in a musical, the 8th Grade Musical. Of course, that isn’t the title to every musical the 8th grade has, its different every time. Everybody has to play a part in the musical ranging from leading parts to singing in the chorus and lighting the stage. For the musical, students get to make the costumes under teacher supervision, and they work with the teachers to plan the lighting and some dance moves while the teachers make larger decisions and actions like making the script, choosing most of the dance moves, picking times to rehearse, and establishing order. It seems to most 8th graders that there isn’t much freedom for the 8th graders, nor any variation in the type of play the teachers are making. So, this brings up the question, should there be change, or should it stay the same?
For years, people have looked to media and pop culture, including musicals to help them feel less alone and deal with their problems. From Oklahoma! to Hamilton here comes another blockbuster pushing the limits of what musicals can be: Dear Evan Hansen. Dear Evan Hansen is nominated for 9 Tony awards, including Best Musical. Read more to find out why.
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is the musical that always seems to be stuck in our heads. If you are living under a rock, and don’t know what it is about, the hip-hop musical, sung through rap, tells the story of the life of Alexander Hamilton, the first Treasury Secretary of the United States of America. When, explaining it to people, they might have their doubts, but most likely, people will see what the hype is about when they give it a listen, just you wait.
Note: Spoilers are ahead. Proceed at your own risk. (However, it is American History, and possibly over 200 years old).
What is the play starring a tin man, a lion, a scarecrow, and an innocent little girl? The Wizard of Oz, of course. Even if you are not off to see the wizard, you should have been off to see this play, while it was still at the Walnut Street Theater. Find out why it was so wonderful by reading more below.