You will be found, the Dear Evan Hansen project@iStage

April 13th, 2022

Last weekend, the Pre-Conservatory students performed in the "Dear Evan Hansen project" at our iStage black box theater. The intimate show could only accommodate 20 audience members, who were brought to tears. Being so close to the performers, they could truly feel and see the emotions of the actors.

iStage Musical Lab 
In our iStage Musical Lab performances, students get the chance to experiment with new, exciting and engaging forms of Musical Theatre. Musicals with a strong message are the starting point, and collaboratively we explore the most important themes of the show. From there, we choose the song materials, create choreography and work on acting and characterisation. Students will not focus on one character in the final performance, but we will find out how they personally relate to the materials and use these experiences to retell the story in a staged concert version.
2020-2021 Spring Awakening
2021-2022 Dear Evan Hansen

The Story 
When a classmate commits suicide, Evan Hansen - a young man with a social anxiety disorder - finds himself at the center of the tragedy. In a misguided attempt to comfort the boy’s grieving family, Evan pretends that he was actually good friends with their son. He invents a fabricated email account to prove their friendship, and when a fake suicide note makes its way online, Evan finds himself the unintended face of a viral video about loneliness and friendship. As his social currency skyrockets, Evan is drawn deeper and deeper into the lie. Eventually, Evan is forced to make a decision: Will he give himself over to the fantasy he’s created, or will he bite the bullet and risk losing everything he’s ever wanted?

Behind the Scenes 
The reason why "the Dear Evan Hansen project" can resonate with the audience is that the musical is about the growth of teenagers. This musical talks about the problems faced by teenagers, such as social anxiety disorder, Internet violence and parent-child relationship. At the end of the story, everyone felt the story is so moving.
One of the actors‘ parent customized the cake for this special performance.
“Today is going to be a good day”,
“Because today at least YOU’RE YOU”.