LPHS Choir visits the “Big Apple”
LPHS Choir recently took a week long trip to New York City over spring break.
The students kicked off their trip with a 13 hour Cardinal charter bus ride to the city, and as soon as they arrived, jumped right into the fun. Their first stop was taking a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera House before enjoying dinner at Planet Hollywood. The class stayed at the hotel Edison on 47th Street in Times Square.
“For me, the most enjoyable part was seeing the students learn so many unique things about Broadway performers and performing. The students probably liked exploring the city and seeing the musicals,” Mr. Coe, choir director, said.
Their first musical of the trip happened to be one most people know: Spongebob Squarepants. They also had the chance to watch Hello Dolly, Sweeney Todd, and Anastasia. Sweeney Todd was different from the rest: the action happened right in front of the students rather than being on a stage.
“Sweeney Todd was especially fun because of the interactive nature. Many of us got pulled into the action once in a while. That was fun for everyone!” Coe said.
Throughout the rest of the week, they engaged in many activities, such as attending a workshop with a Broadway director about singing on stage, seeing the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, visiting Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Top of the Rock observation deck, being backstage at Radio City Music Hall, and even catching up with a former student who is now performing on Broadway.
“This was an experience you can’t get anywhere else. I wanted the students, many of whom are interested in pursuing musical theater as either a career or hobby later in life, to see as much of the behind-the-scenes and professional world of it as they could. As it relates to choir, I wanted them all to be inspired by great singing with dramatic expression. I think we achieved ALL of those goals,” Coe said.
The activities that they were able to participate in definitely gave the students a genuine feeling of what it is like to live – or even work – in a city as large as NYC. There were so many layers to the trip that is was almost impossible to pick and choose which were best. The trip was one the students and Coe will truly never forget. Not only was it fun, but it was also heavily interactive, educational, and an experience everyone should want to have.