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A Day of Musical Inspiration: West Orange High School Students Immerse Themselves in the Magic of "Kimberly Akimbo"


Max Shadow | 11.16.2023

Students from West Orange High School recently embarked on an unforgettable journey into the heart of Broadway, delving into the enchanting world of the 2023 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, "Kimberly Akimbo." The musical, known for its captivating storyline and dynamic performances, provided an immersive experience for the students, who not only witnessed the magic on stage but also had the opportunity to participate in a workshop with the talented cast members.


The adventure unfolded as the Glee and theatre classes from West Orange High School made their way to New York City, eager to witness the brilliance of "Kimberly Akimbo" and engage with the performers who bring the story to life. The highlight of the day was a special workshop where the students learned the opening song from the musical, gaining insights into the creative process and the dedication required to excel in the world of musical theatre.

One of the intriguing aspects of "Kimberly Akimbo" is its connection to the high school show choir world. The musical features a subplot involving the show choir from the high school that Kimberly, the protagonist, attends in Bergen County, NJ. Notably, their rivals are none other than "the show choir from West Orange," a delightful nod that resonated with the visiting students.


"Exposing our students to the vibrant world of Broadway and providing them with the opportunity to engage with the cast of a Tony Award-winning musical is an invaluable experience. It not only deepens their appreciation for the performing arts but also serves as a wellspring of inspiration, fueling their own artistic journeys." - John Hellyer, Glee Advisor and High School Choir Teacher

The special day was made possible by the thoughtful efforts of the producing team behind "Kimberly Akimbo," who organized the immersive experience for the students. The cast members, in turn, generously shared their time and expertise, working with the students during the workshop and offering insights into the intricacies of their craft.


As the students returned to West Orange, the echoes of the opening song and the magical moments from "Kimberly Akimbo" lingered, leaving an indelible mark on their artistic spirits. The day served as a reminder of the power of live theatre to inspire, educate, and connect people through the universal language of music and storytelling.