The Milwaukee Rep's In The Heights First Rehearsal Meet and Greet
By Livia Peterson
Theatre is arguably the most humane art form to exist, as the fact still remains theatre is the oldest art form to exist as well. People still think theatre is for the elite and elderly. Young audiences are hesitant, until they discover theatre's magic behind the scenes or on the stage. Theatre is still a white and male dominated industry. We can never eliminate these connotations associated with theatre. Yet, the Milwaukee Rep genuinely breaks stereotypes via their equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives, community engagement, and the like. This finally leads me to the Rep's 65th Anniversary Quadracci Powerhouse opening production, Lin-Manuel Miranda's In The Heights.
The United Community Center is one of the Rep's community partners and thus, hosted the event. The program is as follows: The Artistic Director Mark Clements introduced the 65th Anniversary Season and Associate Artistic Director May Adrales discussed In The Heights. Sophia Macias and David Kaverman sang When You're Home, Bethany Thomas sang Come Rain or Come Shine featured in Songs For Nobodies, Guards At The Taj information provided via video, Yassmin Alers sang Paciencia Y Fe (Patience and Faith), and finally the complete company sang Carnaval del Barrio (Neighborhood Carnival). The appetizers, mingling, small talk, and photos with the cast followed and completed the evening.
In The Heights as well as The Chinese Lady highlight the Latinx and Asian ethnicities in which both are underrepresented in film and on the stage. The Milwaukee Rep genuinely allows one to be alive and represented in their productions, whether you're a newbie or a regular patron. Theatre lets us reflect humankind, regardless of the circumstances. With that said, let the Rep perform its magic and transform you in the meantime.