sania qazi

Student and Volunteer in Athens, Georgia

sania qazi

Student and Volunteer in Athens, Georgia

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One thing I love doing is watching Broadway musicals. I lived in New York City for 3 years before I moved to Atlanta and while I was there every month my parents would take us to see a new musical on Broadway. I remember being in awe of how dedicated the actors were to their professions. Reprising the same role four times a week for 3 hours each performance. It seemed like exhausting work, yet each performance would surpass the next. In high school my friends and I would listen to and sing the soundtrack from Hamilton almost daily. I hoped that one day I would get to see it live, but tickets were nearly impossible to get. By some miracle over Christmas break in my senior year of high school I was able to get four tickets so that my friends and I could go see it at the Richard Rodgers theater. It was the best show I have ever seen in my entire life partly because Lin Manuel Miranda is a lyrical genius, but also because of its core narrative about the immigrant experience. Both my parents are immigrants from India and so I could relate to Hamilton’s story on a deeply personal level. Another great musical, Dear Evan Hansen, focuses on depression and anxiety, which are problems that I and millions of others have dealt with in the past. The musical The Book of Mormon focuses on the religious experience in a comedic light-hearted way, and as a deeply religious person I found this very entertaining. The broader reason of why I and so many others love musicals is because they’re a way to attach our own narratives onto these characters and identify with their storylines. That is why Musicals are so important to me and why I look forward to seeing more in the future.