The Department of Performing Arts at the National Technical Institute of Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology presents its production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In the heightsApril 15-17, Panara Theatre, Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall.
In the heights, which also won Tonys for Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration, tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. According to Concord Theatricals, “The cafe at the local bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. The community is on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest challenges can be deciding which traditions to take with you and which to leave behind.
Led by keynote speaker Luane Davis Haggerty, NTID’s production features deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing actors performing simultaneously on stage. Members of the renowned Borinquen Dance Theater will make appearances in the show, and members of the Rochester Latino Theater Company are cultural consultants, actors and designers. Additionally, workshops and panels for the RIT/NTID community will be offered to discuss Latin American culture, history, and language as they relate to and appear in the production of In the heights.
“The NTID Performing Arts department is committed to partnering with the wider Rochester community to provide our students with the benefits of connections that can grow by embracing the community as a whole,” said Davis Haggerty.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17. Interpreters will be available for all shows. The April 16 performance at 2 p.m. will provide additional accessibility features for visually impaired, blind, and deafblind patrons. A display in the lobby will include a tactile exhibit for customers to explore, with costumes of several characters, as well as a 3D model of the set. Close vision and protactile interpretation will be available, and the performance will be described in audio.
All patrons are required to present proof of full vaccination upon entry to shows, and face masks must be worn. Tickets — $5 for students, $10 for faculty/staff/alumni, and $12 for the general public — can be purchased online at RITtickets.com, in person from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the ticket office of the Gene Polisseni Center. , or by calling 585-475-4121.