LyLena D. Estabine ’24 on Faith, Community, and the Performing Arts | Arts

LyLena D. Estabine ’24 on Faith, Community, and the Performing Arts | Arts

LyLena D. Estabine ’24 fell in love with musical theater at age five, when she

LyLena D. Estabine ’24 fell in love with musical theater at age five, when she was cast in a manufacturing of “Fiddler on the Roof.” But it was not until Estabine listened to recordings of the “Hamilton” soundtrack in middle faculty and believed, “If anyone else could read a reserve and then write a musical about it then why couldn’t I?” that she was impressed to turn out to be a dramatist herself.

Now, Estabine, a released author with expertise composing both equally performs and music, hopes to open up the door to executing arts to as several other pupils as probable when sharing her appreciate of theater and her devotion to her religion.

To that conclude, she started a new theater team previously this year: “The New Tracks Theatricals,” whose initial manufacturing “Painted” will run April 21-23 in the Adams Pool Theater. The musical tells the story of Leonardo DaVinci, a figure that has served as a supply of inspiration for Estabine. She hopes DaVinci’s tale can be a springboard for speaking about social concerns.

“What [‘Painted’] is going to do is attempt to begin conversations and crack down paradigms about the methods in which we go over Christianity and sexuality, particulary with reference to the LGBTQ group,” she mentioned.

To a person who knows Estabine, this comes as no shock she imbues almost every single piece she performs on with further indicating. Her display “Once When the War Was Won,” which she wrote in significant college, tells the tale of a fictional civil war and the course struggles embedded in the conflict. The digital clearly show she place on final yr, “Dreamland Diner,” was a modern-day day retelling of the Biblical tale of Jacob and Laban that requires spot in a 1980s Kansas Town diner. And in her a lot more latest function “Milk Created,” an authentic operetta written in the design of Gilbert and Sullivan, and performed by Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, she explores a wide variety of the most pressing troubles of today.

“We ended up able to comment on class struggles the moment yet again and exclusively what transpires when Marxism aligns with environmental justice challenges,” she reported.

Estabine credits her faith as the source of inspiration for “Dreamland Diner” and “Painted.” “God gave me the words and phrases necessary to variety of totally revamp the present even up to when we began rehearsals,” she reported. The present alone grapples with thoughts of faith and looks at what it signifies to be completely and wholly liked and known by God. “How does God move in our life in means that we may well not normally see or be expecting?” she asked. Estabine developed New Tracks Theatricals in get to provide a “community and space” for artists to focus on and examine the intersections of Christianity and the executing arts, a mission that she plans on continuing with support from other scholar creators.

Likely ahead, Estabine strategies on becoming remarkably involved with theater and productions on campus, and she encourages anyone interested in the performing arts to do the exact same. She endorses companies like Harvard Black C.A.S.T. and Harvard University ¡TEATRO!, together with New Tunes Theatricals, as terrific areas for aspiring artists on campus to get started out.

Estabine is drawn to theater for the reason that of its influence. “Art has the energy to contact people’s life in techniques that other forms of interaction simply cannot,” she stated. In the potential, Estabine strategies to go on creating group and building change through the carrying out arts. For her, it’s in the end all about connecting with folks.

“If you sit down and have a conversation with anyone about a tough topic, quite often partitions go up,” she reported. “But when you sit in a theater or when you study a poem or you listen to a music, walls come down. And I assume in our entire world nowadays especially, we have to have much less partitions.”