Kinky Boots Knocks Off Drama Students’ Heels

By Jade John ’19 and Leighton Sterling ’19   

Drama students attended the Kinky Boots Broadway show in Manhattan to watch a dramatic scenario that is relatable to situations that the youth may encounter on Wednesday, November 29.

Ms. Elizabeth Bommarito, both the drama teacher and senior advisor at Midwood High School, organized this trip. Although she didn’t have a choice in the play that she would take her students to see, she knew after getting the overview of the storyline that there would be significant and relevant themes throughout the show that could help her students.

Kinky Boots is a Broadway musical that is based on a true story. It follows Brit Charlie Price, who loses sight of his family’s shoe factory due to the demands of his girlfriend living in London. Lola, a famous drag queen, enters the storyline and introduces the idea to create ladies shoes for men.

Throughout the play, lessons of accepting others for who they are and being your true self are present, for example, Charlie has to accept Lola for her true self, ultimately helping his shoe company take a major turn for the better.

Ms. Bommarito stated, “The show was very upbeat, vivacious and colorful. The storyline was very relevant to real life situations because at one point or another, we all feel like outsiders, so we can relate.”

Numerous students share their experiences and lessons learned following the play.

Nyuda Brown ’19 said, “I became so touched by it. While it is entertainment, it also teaches you a lesson. You should always accept people for who they are because there can only be one you, everyone else is already taken.”

Victoria Haimov ’18 said, “The play was a life changing experience that I would love to have again. Not only did I have such an extravagant time, it changed my opinions on certain issues going on in the daily world.”

Joshua Ibe ’18 stated, “I liked the fact that the actors were brave enough to do something so unordinary in this society.”

Alexandra Narinskiy ’18 said, “Overall, the play was amazing and the characters were giving off an incredible energy that transmitted into the crowd.”

In addition, students from Midwood were given the special opportunity to have a talk with some of the cast members after the play. They explained that you will be denied many times when auditioning for roles, but when the time is right, you will be booked for a position that fits you.

Each cast member shared their experience of what it’s like to be on stage and what they might be doing if they weren’t on Broadway. However, they all agreed that their energy thrives off of the crowd, and on this particular day, the cast members all stated that the crowd was amazing and gave each and every one of them a boost of energy.

Kiana Altamirano ’18 said, “Getting to meet some of the actors after the show was what made this experience even more special. We got to ask many questions and get the inside scoop of what goes on behind the scenes.”

Furthermore, Joe White, Midwood’s teaching artist from the Theatre Development Fund came to all three of Ms. Bommarito’s drama classes to conduct foundation work, ensuring that students understand what was going on during the play. He constructed an assignment where all students were put into groups and created a shoe, character profile, poem and scene that displayed a special ability that the character would possess from the shoes that they created.

Mr. White returned the day after the show to hear the viewpoints of the students and what they learned from the play. Both Mr. White and Ms. Bommarito were very pleased with the show and the effects that it had on students.

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