Laramie High School drama and theater students went to see the play “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Buell Theater in the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Oct. 8.

“The students came with a greater understanding of what it means to have compassion for other people, and to try to understand where other people are coming from on a different level, rather than just a superficial level,” LHS drama instructor, Mike Hancey said.

Around 65 students and parents left on Monday afternoon to attend this musical. The trip was open to all drama or musical theater students that wanted to see this emotional play.

“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It’s one of those shows that everyone needs to see to understand the complexity of human nature. The play was really well done,” Hancey said.

The play is about a teenager, Evan Hansen, dealing with anxiety who puts himself in a situation where he pretends to have known a kid who committed suicide in his school. The situation gets out of control and his world ends up crashing around him. He has to learn how to pick up those pieces as well as deal with family problems at home.

The music is by the same people who created songs in movies like the “Greatest Showman” and “La La Land.” The musical theater students performed iterations of their songs last year; because of this they decided to experience this highly emotional show.

The drama and musical theater students started traveling to see these professional shows last year, and they are planning to go to three more this year as well. The two other shows are London’s award-winning comedy called, “The Play That Goes Wrong”, and Tony Award-winning musical, “Hello, Dollie!” which are also going to be performed at the Buell Theater.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” is a funny, classic murder mystery that is meant for all ages. The play started in a small theater which has then made its way up to Broadway and has won many awards.

“Hello, Dolly!” is about a woman named Dolly Gallagher who travels to New York to try to find a perfect person for a rich man named Horace. This musical has also won many awards including a record of 10 Tony Awards which has been held by them for 37 years.

The students themselves have to pay to attend all these shows in which they had to sign up for at the beginning of the year.

Mike Hancey has been teaching for 28 years and this is his 8th year teaching at LHS. He had spent the first 25 years of his career teaching choir, then moved to teaching musical theater and drama after the opening the new high school.