LATE, a New Musical by Kathleen Cahill and Michael Wartofsky
[Content warning: School shootings.]
LATE is a mainly sung-through musical in three parts, revolving around an ordinary morning in the life of nine high school students getting ready for school. We learn about their plans and worries, their friends, their secrets, their loves and hates. It’s an ordinary day—until it isn’t.
It is set in a time, “afterwards,” then in a single bedroom which represents everyone’s bedroom, and finally at a memorial service. By the end, we realize that the students have been at the memorial service all along, and that the students, living and dead, have collectively retold the story of an ordinary morning before six of them were killed in a school shooting. The survivors pledge to “make it better,” though they don’t quite know how. The Dead disappear—they are the Late.
LATE features new arrangements by the Musical Theater Arranging II course and performances by the Musical Theater New Works Ensemble and student instrumentalists. It is directed by faculty members Kevin Bleau and Kristin Holland Bohr.