2019-2020 Arts — 18 October 2019
Auditions for “In The Heights”

By Randy Saechao

At Oakland High on Sept. 17 – 20, Christopher Johnston, an English teacher for ESA and Jaguars, held auditions for the musical “In the Heights.” “In the Heights” is about characters in the largely Hispanic-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City.

“In the Heights,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will be the second OHS school play in recent years, after last year’s production of “Hairspray: An American Musical,” that is about 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues.

Johnston said the directors were looking for “Positive students who can commit to a long term project.” 

Johnston also said that he wants students “who can sing and act” so the play will be good.

“Almost 40 people auditioned for the play this year,” said Johnston. 

Maria Tafoya, a junior in ESA, expressed how she felt after the audition. “I’m shaking even though I auditioned last year I was still nervous,” she said.

If you’re hoping to know who was accepted into “In the Heights,” ask Johnston at room 324. 


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