Baldwin High School hosted the 2014 Georgia Thespians All-State Show boot camp July 20-24.
More than 30 students worked on the production “In the Heights” to be performed Feb. 6 and 7 at the Georgia Thespians Conference held in Columbus. Baldwin’s Fine Arts facilities will also welcome the troupe back for future rehearsals through next January as the drama students perfect the piece.
“In the Heights” is a musical with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The story, based in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, follows a young storeowner as he watches the joys and heartbreaks of his tight-knit community passing through his bodega.
The show includes family themes and love stories. Incoming Baldwin senior and president of the school’s Thespian Troupe Mary Helen Higgs was honored to be selected out of hundreds auditioning for the All-State production back in February.
The Baldwin senior said anyone could relate to a certain song within the show.
“It’s a community show,” Higgs said. “Everyone can find their place in the show whether or not you’ve seen it.”
High school students lucky enough to make the production troupe are the most elite singers, dancers and actors Georgia has to offer.
The performers, adult instructors and technicians are the “best in their field,” according to BHS Choral Director Kathy Carroll.
The performers learn all the songs and dances for the entire musical in five boot camp days.
Carroll said the teachers cherish time working with passionate students.
“These kids eat, breathe and sleep theater. They are perfect during practice. We never have to tell them to be quite or focus. They are totally into it,” Carroll said. “None of us get paid. We do it all for free because it’s such a joy.”