Students Star in Off-Broadway Production of "In the Heights"

When the Nyack College cast of “In the Heights” took their final bow, an Anne Frank quote rang true:  “We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”

The scenario that plays out in the fictitious New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights reflects life in an urban Latino community. Truth be told, what transpires over the course of three days on that single block could take place in any of the 50 global neighborhoods like Guatemala, Colombia, South Korea, Haiti, the Philippines, Germany or Burkina Faso, that Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary students call home.

What was portrayed on the stage were very familiar realities. A student working multiple jobs in order to stay in school despite scholarship money, parents struggling to supplement the cost of a child’s education or people staying focused when a loved one passes away—these are quite relevant issues in the campus community. At Nyack and “In the Heights,” a sense of community creates an environment where hopes and dreams thrive. Far beyond the tremendous entertainment value of this production was a vehicle that reminded us to celebrate both the ways we are “different and yet the same.”