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Sun Valley Theatre Students Visit New York City

Students stand on the steps in Duffy Square (end of Times Square).

Eleven Sun Valley theatre students had the opportunity to visit the Big Apple in December to experience art and theatre. Sun Valley travelled with art and theatre students from Piedmont, Porter Ridge and Parkwood on December 13th to New York City as a combined cultural experience. Ms. Stafford, theatre teacher here at Sun Valley, states, "We wnat to offer our students the chance to see how the arts work together and what professional opportunities are out there for their future careers."

When students arrived in New York City on Friday December 14th, they visited Duffy Square, which is part of Times Square, for a group picture. Students visited the Museum of Modern Art in the morning. In the afternoon, students had a moving visit to the National 9/11 Memorial with a walk past the Fireman's Memorial on their way to Wall Street. The walk through Lower Manhattan continued to Battery Park where they were able to see the Statue of Liberty at sunset. The day ended with shopping in Rockefeller Center where they saw the Christmas tree.

Saturday's adventures began with an incredible visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the afternoon, students saw the new hit Broadway show, Newsies, and the students were treated to a talkback session with some of the cast. The talkback was led by Ms. Stafford's friend Mark Aldrich, who plays Seitz in the show. The evening ended with a visit to Jekyll and Hyde restaurant and Greenwich Village.

The last day in NYC started with a visit to the Top of the Rock and a great view of the city. Students spent the afternoon in Grand Central Station and Times Square. They also stopped to see the beautiful Christmas windows at Lord and Taylor and Macy's. Sunday evening was capped off by a performance of Wicked. Students then boarded the bus for the return to Monroe.

Our students loved the trip! Tyler Griffiths, a sophomore, shared, "My favorite parts would be either the musicals we went to see, Times Square, or going to the 9/11 Memorial. I loved everything...!"  Freshmen Alex Wysocki and Katie Leasure agreed with Tyler's statement, adding that Times Square is "exactly like they say - loud, busy and the best place ever!" Tesa McNeil stated, "I did see my first Broadway shows and they made me fall in love with theatre all over again."  Freshman Jaedan Smith seemed to sum it up best when she said, "Amazing opportunity - I'd do it again!"

Written by: Lisa Stafford, Theatre teacher
Posted: Jan 02, 2013 by Carrie Mabry

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