By Mrs. Courtney Peters, English Faculty

It was an exciting day for seniors at Archbishop Carroll, as 74 students traveled to New York City, where they experienced St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Times Square, enjoyed lunch at Planet Hollywood and then headed to the Music Box Theatre to see the Broadway hit musical, Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen tackles modern day issues, the desire to fit in, and a lie that snowballs out of control. When asked about the relevancy of Dear Evan Hansen, Emily Elliot noted that the play “parallels our own high school experience. It can be hard to fit in.” Touching on challenging topics, the relationship teens have with their parents, loneliness, family, death, and growing up, the students found Dear Evan Hansen to be thought provoking and relevant.

Johanna Arevelo stated that she learned, “Everyone needs to feel ‘found’ and valued. It was a good reminder about how lies can build up and how the truth is always the best route.”

Mario D’Elia added the importance “to be truthful and true to yourself. I also learned that when you make a mistake, it doesn’t only affect you, but it can also affect others.”

A new type of musical for the digital age, Aislinn O’Brien said that she “wasn’t expecting the language and themes to be so relevant to today’s society” and Sydney Salas pointed out that the play was “tastefully minimalistic and authentic.”

Students and faculty agreed that Dear Evan Hansen was a heartwarming tale full of complex characters that resonate with any person who has ever felt lost or alone.

Our day of sightseeing, lunch, theatre, and lively conversation brought us home closer as a community and with a higher awareness of how our actions affect others.