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Students Visit the Big Apple
Theatre students from Sun Valley traveled to New York City in March with students from Piedmont and Weddington High Schools. This annual trip allows the students to experience professional live theatre at its best along with other amazing activities!
Upon arrival on March 12th, the group took the ferry out to Liberty Island to explore the Statue of Liberty. Our special treat was a ticket to the pedestal, which houses the original torch and a museum. The reward for climbing 215 steps to the top of the pedestal was the incredible view of the city!
Our next stop was Ellis Island, which was severely damaged after Superstorm Sandy. Many of the displays are still in storage but we were able to see pictures of the damage as well as the restoration process. The displays about immigration were fascinating to see. We left Ellis Island and took the ferry back to Battery Park to visit the National 9/11 Memorial.
At the 9/11 memorial, students had the chance to visit the reflecting pools where we observed the beautiful rainbows in the water as we remembered those people who died there on September 11, 2001. We also visited the museum, which was a moving experience for all of us.
On Friday, we visited the incredible art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then walked through Central Park to the John Lennon memorial at Strawberry Fields. After lunch we did a little shopping along Fifth Avenue near Rockefeller Center. The highlight of the evening was the Broadway show, On the Town. The show is about the military, so the orchestra plays the “Star Spangled Banner” before the show starts! The dancing, the lighting and the costumes were beautiful to see.
Our last day in the city started with shopping in Chinatown and Little Italy with a subway ride to Times Square for...more shopping! After dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe, we saw our second show of the trip. Disney's Aladdin is full of fireworks, confetti and sparkles! The kids had a great time in the historic New Amsterdam Theatre, which was built in 1903.
Alas, we had to leave for home on March 15th, but we had a wonderful time! Our parent chaperones were wonderful! If you or your student is interested in our trip next spring, please contact Mrs. Stafford for more details.
Written by: Lisa Stafford, Theatre teacher
Posted: Mar 18, 2015 by Carrie Mabry