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‘In the Heights’ cast gives a powerhouse performance

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webmaster | 04/13/13

Over a three-day period in a distant July, three generations of Latino immigrants try valiantly to hold onto their culture in the Manhattan barrio of Washington Heights, which is threatened by family discord, the turmoil of young love, and death.

This story, told by the Madera South Theater Company and directed by veteran Madera drama teacher Ginger Latimer, is being performed in the Tony-winning musical, “In the Heights,” which is at the end of a nine-day run.

Characters come alive, and the strong singing cast blends the story lines. The ensemble seems to belong right there as part of this tightly knit community and soars when singing, taking the audience with it. The dancing is spot on, as it tells of life in the barrio.

“In the Heights,” filled with energy and vibrancy, is centered around the Latin culture of the Manhattan neighborhood. As the cast dreams of returning to distant lands, the barrio comes to life with salsa, hip-hop, and rap...


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