Drama Students Enjoy New York this Easter! - 14 April 2016
23 pupils and 4 staff had a fabulous time visiting New York this Easter holiday. Having had a bumpy start with technical problems delaying our flight for 3 hours, we arrived with great excitement into NYC and found our hotel. We began the visit with a well-earned meal in Bubba Gumps and then had a walk around Times Square before crashing out in our hotel. Next morning was amazing as we had a member of the cast of American in Paris give a challenging but exciting workshop using the choreography and work from the show which everyone really enjoyed. We then went to Radio City Music Hall for a tour and a chance to meet a real Rockette! We had time to talk to her and find out about the life of a dancer in New York. This was quickly followed by a trip to a real TV studio where the group worked on an episode of "Friends" and filmed both on the street and in the studio - the results of this will be sent to us in due course. This was a fascinating experience for our actors who had several hours to work on TV skills in acting which none had experienced before. After this off we went to Dave and Busters to eat in our own room before going to the theatre to experience An American in Paris - a brilliant show with outstanding technical features and a beautiful ballet scene.
The following day, we were off again to the rehearsal studios on Broadway to have a workshop with the cast of Fiddler on the Roof - this was the original choreography and direction given to us by one of the leads of the show. We were then taken on a tour of the Lincoln Centre to see its Ballet, Opera and Acting venues, behind stage and a chance to step into the rehearsal rooms and find out what training is like in NYC for professionals. The Movie Coach then took us on a tour of NYC to see innumerable venues where famous films, TV and work had been filmed and this was mastered by an actor who had met many of the stars and the pupils loved the opportunity of asking questions about the life of an actor and the different opportunities that there are in this profession. Finally, after a meal in Planet Hollywood we went to the Fiddler on the Roof production at the top of Broadway and all of us came away feeling that little bit of magic that fabulous theatre leaves you with.
On our last day, we took the subway to the 911 Museum which was a profound experience and left us all with a memory that will never fade. We lifted the mood by spending a few hours on a boat on the Hudson River and a visit to the Liberty Island to climb the Statue of Liberty. The views were amazing from the top and gave us all the final view of a city that had given us a remarkable experience and such fun.
It was a sad and very exhausted group that returned on the coach to the airport, but we had a wonderful time and we left with thoughts as to where the Drama Dept will go next?