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Wednesday, January 23,2013

Latin 101

Peppermint Creek musical bridges a gap between cultures

by Dana Casadei
Washington Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borgough of Manhattan, known for its large Domincan population. This weekend, Peppermint Creek Theatre Co. is bridging the geographical and cultural gap between Lansing and that neighborhood with their latest show, “In the Heights.”

“I knew it was going to be a challenge but I felt Peppermint Creek usually takes risks with shows that they put on,” said the show’s director, Chad DeKatch. 

He said everyone received a crash course in Latin American traditions, language and family dynamics, which all played important parts in bringing that culture to the stage. 

“That’s universal no matter what state you’re in,” DeKatch said. 

He says that while the show may take place in a community far away from Lansing, its universal themes will ring true for everyone, no matter the race or ethnicity. Subjects include immigrant parents putting pressure on their first-generation American kids to maintain cultural customs, the power of community and the challenge of dreaming big.

“In the Heights”
Peppermint Creek Theatre Co.
Jan. 24-Feb. 2
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays
Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing
$17 adults/$12 students and seniors
(517) 372-0945
peppermintcreek.org

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