Member Spotlight: Sarah Haskett
A high school English teacher from Modesto, SHN Member of two years Sarah Haskett was so inspired by HAMILTON’S Lafayette that she spent an entire summer memorizing every single one of his lines from the show. Find out more about this SHN Member and her amazing accomplishments, below.
What are your top five favorite Broadway shows?
#2. Les Misérables
#3. The Phantom of the Opera
#5. Dear Evan Hansen
What was the first Broadway show you saw?
I saw Les Mis when I was 8—so amazing to see real people performing, even two girls about my age. I wanted to be Eponine so badly. I loved that my parents made a big deal of it—dressing up, driving in, going out to dinner afterward (we even saw the cast at a restaurant!).
Which character in a musical or play do you most identify with and why?
I love Lafayette from Hamilton. I love how some doubted him, how he struggled with something (English), and then ends up not only mastering it, but annihilating it. I connect to his drive, his vigor, his determination, his mastery of a language. I spent an entire summer memorizing all his lines from the play, and even got to deliver the hardest one to Jordan Denica (who plays Lafayette in HamilTour) at the stage door. Greatest moment ever.
Have you ever performed on stage?
I was in a musical during 9th grade—Modesto Performing Arts’ version of Bye Bye Birdie.
What does theater and/or Broadway mean to you?
Broadway reflects how our world truly is: a diverse array of colors, genders, sexualities, perspectives, backgrounds, etc. And they get along, they work together, and they create something magical.
What is one thing that someone would be surprised to know about you?
That I’d give up teaching in a second to play the female Lafayette (it should happen, Lin—call me!)
What accomplishment are you most proud of (personally or professionally)?
I obtained my Masters in Teaching for Social Justice and it changed my classroom. I’d always been passionate about social issues, but now I had the background and foundation to support it.
If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead), who would it be and why?
John Lennon. I was raised on the Beatles, my first tattoo was “Imagine,” and I have three other tattoos of Beatles lyrics.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer. I’ve always loved to argue.
Is there anything else that we (and other Broadway fans) should know about you?
I married my high school sweetheart (we met as juniors). I love corgis.
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