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Kyle Holmes is like a modern-day Nostradamus, but his predictions don’t take hundreds of years to come true or require hours of deciphering to make sense:

“Rich kids like you / Never have to pay their dues / Who needs to read textbooks / You’ve got daddy’s checkbook.”

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Wesley Gomes
BWW Interview

When David Taylor Gomes and Kyle Holmes set out to write an original musical for their students at Granite Bay High School, they never could have foreseen the impact their work would have on high schools across the nation. Students are reacting to having their voices heard, and the effect is monumental. People are clamoring to see and produce Ranked: A New Musical, which deals with the pressures that teenagers face today in maintaining grades, social status, and their fight to get into the college of their choice.

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Granite Bay View

When Granite Bay High School Director of Theatre Arts Kyle Holmes coun’t find the play he wanted for his students,  he wrote it himself.

Holmes and co-writer David Taylor Gomes’ “Ranked, A New Musical,” debuted in April to enthusiastic audience reviews.

”Our upcoming class of students had a lot of standout, talented, amazing students,” Gomes said about why they decided to write the play. “We wanted (a production) that would give them all an opportunity to perform and show they best they can be,”

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Fox 40

GRANITE BAY -- The whole point of Granite Bay High School's musical, "Ranked," is to shine an actual and figurative spotlight on what high school life can be like for the kids struggling through it today and how it might be different.

The first words of this musical were actually written back in May of 2018. By the time it was all over, it turned out to be much more prophetic about college admissions and scandal than anyone could have ever imagined.

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Ranked In Concert

After the tremendous success of the original production of RANKED: A NEW MUSICAL at Theatre at Granite Bay (Granite Bay High School, Granite Bay, CA), writer Kyle Holmes and composer David Taylor Gomes will mount a concert version of the show at the Crest Theatre (Sacramento, CA) on June 8th at 7pm. This one night only alumni concert will feature the original cast from Theatre at Granite Bay, and will be directed by local theatre professional Joelle Robertson. RANKED, which was featured locally and nationally in the press asks -- What are you worth? Who decides? And what do you do when it all comes crashing down?

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ABC 10

'That's our play!' | College admissions scandal eerily similar to a new musical by local writers

A new musical debuting at Granite Bay High School addresses the pressure high school students feel to get good grades. When the college admissions scandal broke, the writers were shocked at how their art mirrored life.

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Wesley Gomes
Broadway World

David Taylor Gomes and Kyle Holmes have done it again. After collaborating on their 2017 musical comedy, Boxed Up: The Musical, they have joined forces at Granite Bay High School to present to you another original work. This time, in a serendipitous twist, Ranked, A New Musical debuted just weeks after news of the college admissions scandal broke. Ranked shockingly highlights the pressures that students today face to succeed.

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Wesley Gomes
SN&R

Testing the limits

Granite Bay High School introduces a timely new musical about the pressures of academic success just weeks after the national college admissions bribery scandal broke

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Wesley Gomes