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Tony Award-winning musical
to be staged by SJND in March

More than 30 students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda were cast in the spring musical, "In the Heights," the Tony Award-winning story set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, and dozens more students will help stage the production at Michaan's Auction House Theater in Alameda.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. March 7, 8, 14 and 15 and matinees at 2 p.m. March 9 and 15 at Michaan's Auction House Theater, Alameda Point on the former Navy base. Tickets are on sale online.


Lauren Rosi, the musical theatre teacher at SJND and director of "In the Heights," came away from auditions impressed by the level of talent students presented.

"This casting process was incredibly challenging as there is so much talent to choose from," she said. "Thank you to all who auditioned. I wish I could cast all of you! I am proud of the bravery and talent you shared with us."

The cast includes: Alexa Martinez as Nina Rosario; Erik Castillo as Benny; Carlos Rodriguez as Piragua Guy; Chloe Cunningham as Carla; Daniela Chaparro as Daniela; Vanessa Palacios as Connie; Austine de los Santos and Laurence Atkins as the graffiti artist; Karina Leon as Abuela Claudia; Kevin Dyer as Sonny; Ruben Souza as Usnavi; Emilio Sanchez as Kevin Rosario; Bianca de la Cruz as Camila Rosario; and Diana Robles as Vanessa.

The ensemble includes: Kerri Hare, Chloe Baquiran, Meredith McMurray, Joanna Fontillas, Janely Gomez, Jalia Robertson, Elijah Fisher, Jordan Dyson, Haile Wayne, Stephanie McAdams, Temiadyo Yussef, Adriana Morales, Alyssa Gable, Jhsiri Emerson, Grace Norris and Javia Anderson.

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