“ Getting to work” on this year’s fall musical

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The fall musical, “Working,” will take place on Nov. 3 – 5 in the Theatre. (Graphic/Heather Johnson)

The school year is off to an eventful start for theatre students. The fine arts department will showcase their talent in the upcoming fall musical, “Working,” which tells the story of 24 average working Americans through a collection of songs and monologues. Directed by Mr. Johnpaul Moccia, the production will take place on Nov. 3, 4 and 5 in the Theatre. All students can attend the performances for free with their student IDs. The running time of the show is approximately 1 hour and 55 minutes including a 15-minute intermission.

Auditions for “Working” took place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. For the audition, students were instructed to sing a designated portion of a song from the musical. The show’s production team has decided to expand the cast from the original Broadway adaptation, so more students can be cast. 

Based on Studs Terkel’s novel of the same name, “Working” is an ode to the daily agendas of the working class. The musical delves into the aspirations of seemingly ordinary citizens, showing that everyone has a unique story to tell. From the exhausted millworker Grace Clements to the bubbly and passionate waitress Dolores Dante, the musical’s characters are based on real interviewees from the year 1974. The original Broadway adaptation of “Working” was nominated for many Tony awards such as Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design and Best Performance by a Featured Actor.

Fine arts students across the school are looking forward to our rendition of the musical. “I think [‘Working’] is a great selection for Heritage. It offers a wide variety of roles, which gives students more chances to participate in the musical,” senior Nicholas Gall said.

Freshman Emilee Comess sees this show as a riveting new experience. “I had never heard of the musical until the fine arts department announced that they would be doing it,” she said, “but after researching the musical, I’m really excited to see what the school will do with their production.”

Heather Johnson, a freshman at American Heritage, is looking forward to entering her first year on the Patriot Post staff. Journalism has been a passion of Heather’s from a very young age. Aside from her avid love of writing, she enjoys singing, graphic design, reading and listening to music. She is extremely excited to contribute her ideas and articles to the Patriot Post in the upcoming school year.