By Carolina Remond
It’s two weeks before junior year is going to start and I’m longing for one last adventure. So, to fulfill this wish, a dear friend and I buy tickets to see a show in Chicago on Saturday. We found tickets for a great deal and the musical? Come From Away. Come From Away is a highly awarded show, so we were very lucky to snag tickets so close to the show’s date.
Come From Away is a musical that tells the story of the thirty-eight planes that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland after the events of September 11th, 2001. There were about 7,000 people on those thirty-eight planes and the musical tells the story of the town coming together to welcome, support, and take care of the strangers that landed on their doorstep (or rather, in their airport!)
The entire musical is told by twelve actors who each play multiple roles. We hear of the struggles to contact family members, friends and bosses, the scramble to find enough food and supplies for 7,000 people, and the slow build of friendship between the Gander residents and plane passengers. The show itself is positive and optimistic, and the cheery personalities of the Newfoundlanders kept me smiling for 90 minutes. I wish the show was longer because I wanted to absorb it all just a little bit more.
I loved all the songs but I think Welcome to the Rock is definitely my favorite overall. The beat, the dialogue intermixed with singing, the entire company involved- it’s brilliant. Believe me when I tell you though, it is so hard to sing all the parts.
Seeing Come From Away was an incredible experience and taught me that, with kindness, you can make someone’s day, week, or even year.
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