San Gabriel High School Choir, Theater and Associated Student Body (ASB) students went to see the new musical play, Bright Star, at the Los Angeles Ahmanson Theater on Oct. 25 to see how they could connect their personal lives with the characters’ lives in the play.
Bright Star’s story focuses on North Carolina magazine editor Alice Murphy, played by Carmen Cusack, during the 1920s through the 1940s. She falls in love with aspiring writer,Jimmy Ray Dobbs played by Paul Alexander Nolan. Murphy is characterized throughout the play through flashbacks between her adulthood and her adolescence. The play also shows romance, parental drama, and witty humor.
Visual and performing arts teacher Cecilia Revilla tells that 41 of her students came to see Bright Star. Drama teacher Patrick Posada also brought some of his students. The two visual art teachers had a decision between two of the musical plays that were running at the Ahmanson Theater–Red Shoes or Bright Star. In the end, Revilla decided that Bright Star could relate to the students.
“It was very original,” Revilla said. “I love that type of music and story and it really hit home towards the students. I am really glad that I was willing to take my students to see the show.”
Senior Jeyri Gonzalez also went on the field trip and thought the play displayed strong emotional feelings.
“It was an amazing and a well-planned out play,” Gonzalez said. “[It was] a touching story.”
Junior Jesse Fan also explained that on the play it also expresses how the young teenagers should be patient in life, “since you never know what’s going to happen next.”
“I think the play shows that eventually everything will turn out okay, but it takes time,” Fan said. “If you wait and be patient then everything will turn out alright.”
Jeyri Gonzalez thought the musical explains how young teenagers are being controlled by their parents, and teenagers should make their own decision.
“The play presents a lot towards the young teenagers [on] how our parents [know that] we are so young, how they govern our lives, and kind of making our decision for us,” Gonzalez said. “[They] do not really let us take charge of what we need to decide on and how we can grow ourselves without them.”
If interested in the play, more info can be found on <http://www.brightstarmusical.com>. The play will run from until Nov. 19 at the Los Angeles Ahmanson Theater.