Theater students navigate New York

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By Ainsley Davis

Theater students pose for a photo in Times Square on March 29. (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Burrows)

Theater and tech students from Coronado and Liberty traveled to New York City from Monday, March 26 until Saturday, March 31 to watch Broadway musicals, attend theater workshops, and explore the city. The trip, originally planned for Thursday, March 23 was postponed until spring break due to heavy snow that cancelled all flights into NYC.

“When I found out the trip was postponed I was disappointed because we would miss seeing ‘Mean Girls the Musical,’” Micayla Hoff, junior, said. “But I still had an amazing time.”

Students attended a workshop with a stage manager, where they learned about internships for college and how to get careers in theater and theater tech. They saw five Broadway musicals “Once on this Island,” “The Play that Goes  Wrong,” Waitress,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” and “The Bands Visit.”

“I think what I’ll remember most is the shows we saw, in particular the musical ‘Beautiful,’” Emi Ohki, senior, said. “There were so many emotions that the actors conveyed. I love the feeling of being at a show where everyone is there to experience the story together.”

Students visited landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center. They also toured the Museum of Modern Art and visited the 9/11 Memorial, and ate at local restaurants. Throughout the trip they had time to shop for souvenirs.

“The best part was seeing the shops that we don’t get in Vegas,” Zoe Conrad, junior, said. “There were Broadway shops, some that were dedicated to one musical- one was an entire store dedicated to ‘Hamilton’ merch.”

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Ainsley Davis is a senior and second-year reporter. She loves reading, writing, and drinking chai tea, and hopes to study journalism at UNLV next year. Although soft spoken, Ainsley finds her voice through writing features and opinion pieces, where she can discuss the topics she’s passionate about. She has traveled to the UK, Scotland, France, and Iceland, but her dream is to live in Seattle or Portland and write YA books. She also enjoys drawing and makes illustrations for the news website.