From the Page to the Stage


West Boca Drama Department

Four West Boca students performing in the school play “1776”.

Madison Ginsberg, Roaming Reporter

  History strikes West Boca a second time as we welcome 1776 the Musical to the stage. Honoring the famous day of July 4th, 1776, audiences are taken through a journey of how the Declaration of Independence came to be the landmark of The United States of America. 

     For weeks the student cast of 1776 have been working tirelessly to piece together a show full of surprises and history.  The small anecdotes and first-hand emotions that have gone untold as the original 13 colonies are represented by students to portraying the “yea”, “nay”, and “abstain” votes of the time. The Declaration of Independence goes beyond the constituents that simply agreed to it and into the narrative behind the families and those who argued against it. Upon watching the show, viewers are surprised to know the truths of the time. It is no longer a question of myth or fact, but rather pure realism that is showcased in the production.

Women played a highly important role in history during the making of America. John Adams’ wife, Abigail Adams, was monumental in leading the women to uphold the same freedoms as men whilst she fought for equality. Abigail had a strong impact as she urged Adams and the men of the Constitutional Congress to “remember the ladies.”

Having opened on October 6th, 1969 on Broadway, the current show revives itself entirely with a gender bent and inclusive cast. Much like the current revival of 1776 on Broadway, the West Boca Drama Department is modifying the gender roles of the time, as half of the founding fathers on the stage are played by females, rather than strictly males. 

Through song, dance, diction, and comedic moments, the performers challenge the setting of the theater as a whole. You are no longer sitting in West Boca, but rather Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the year of 1776. Whether you have a strong love for theater or history, that will be found on the West Boca stage. 

We all know of the Declaration of Independence, but do we all truly know the story behind it. That is for you to find out. Come see 1776 the Musical on November 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th at 7:30 pm and November 13th, 20th at 2:00 pm!!