Text: José María Esteve
Photos: William Cooper
Like every year, the European School of Alicante, showcases a musical. This year, the chosen one, is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece In The Heights. The EUROTIMES team has had the chance to talk to its director, Deborah Nicholson, and one of the main actresses of the show, Marta Laporta:
EUROTIMES: How long have you been doing the musical for?
Marta: In the Heights is going to be my 7th musical. I have been doing it since Year 1.
Mrs. Nicholson: For 12 years now, but this is actually the 11th as we didn’t do it one year.
EUROTIMES: Which role do you have this year?
Marta: The character I’ll be playing this year is called Charlie and he is a native American who lives in the Barrio with the Latinos. He works for Kevin Rosario for a taxi company, and he spends a lot of time with his best friend Nina, who just came back from Stanford, where she was studying.
Mrs. Nicholson: I am the director and the producer of the show. (chuckles)
EUROTIMES: What has changed from previous editions?
Marta: The biggest change has been the number of people doing it. Usually you would have 20-30 people doing the musical and this year there are only 15 of us.
Mrs. Nicholson: We just get more professional – the cast who started in years 1 and 2, just inevitably get better and better and, if that cast stays in the project, when they get to year 5 they get better. So each year gets better!
EUROTIMES: Why should people come and see the show?
Marta: Because it is really really funny, the songs are amazing and of course because you can’t miss the chance to see the excellent actors, singers and dancers that take part in it.
Mrs. Nicholson: This particular one, because it’s about the barrio where Hispanic people live and it talks about how difficult their life is in that barrio. They struggle and there’s not much they can do about it. They get no help from the government and they have badly paid jobs. The musical depicts how each personality overcomes these problems.
The EUROTIMES team would like to thank Deborah Nicholson and Marta Laporta for taking the time to talk to us. We wish them the best of luck! And we’re very much looking forward to it! And … break a leg!
The musical takes place on both April 5 and 6 at 20:00 in the Salón de Actos building of the European School of Alicante.