BY MADELINE WILSON —
This year a group of Shorewood students will go on a “Five Day New York City Theatre Tour” from April 17 to April 21. A majority of the students attending this trip are taking the class Advanced Acting, but some are involved only in Shorewood drama department productions.
This visit to New York will give students opportunities both enjoyable and educational. The trip will start off with a tour that goes through the history of Broadway and Time Square in the past century. Over the five-day tour, students will attend three different workshops with acting professionals.
Other activities include a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall and touring art galleries in SoHo. Over the week, the students will have the opportunity to see three Broadway shows. These three shows are yet to be determined; however, possibilities are “Pippin,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Matilda,” “Kinky Boots” and “Newsies.”
The participating students look forward to the trip because of the new opportunities and experiences New York will present them with. “Most of these things we can’t do here in Wisconsin, and that’s why New York City is all about the Broadway,” said Ellen Gallagher, junior.
“[I am excited for] the food in New York. Besides the food, seeing Broadway shows will be great,” said Alec Sill, sophomore. “We’ll get to tour Lincoln Center, too, where some of the world’s best opera, symphony and ballet are put on. And it’s New York, which is an amazing city.”
Along with Broadway shows and acting workshops, students will see a plethora of famous attractions. This includes the Empire State Building, Lincoln Center, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Tower of Manhattan, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Battery Park, St. Paul’s Chapel and Wall Street.
“I’m looking forward to this trip because this will be my first time visiting The Big Apple, and when I heard about this trip I thought it would be perfect,” Gallagher said. “I’m very excited to spend time with everyone, visit all the famous attractions, see all the Broadway shows, everything … this trip is going to be unforgettable.”
The drama department prepared for the upcoming trip with several fundraisers, the largest being the lollipop sale at SHS. Additionally, they put on a benefit show last fall and held a fundraiser at Yo Mama’s.