New York: The City of Dreams (and Music!)
By Lydia Prendergast
On Saturday, April 7th, 2018, the Performing Arts students and teachers went on their yearly field trip to New York City. Arriving at the school at a bright and early 6:30 am, yawning students settled on the bus for a 4 hour trip. The calm bus ride was the only rest time for their busy day ahead. Upon arriving right in the city, students had time to explore the famous, busy, and bright times square, buying lunch and shopping for souvenirs. Then, the exciting part: School of Rock! Every year the students head to the city to see a broadway production and jazz show, and they never seem to disappoint. School of Rock was filled with bright lights, loud rock music, and incredibly talented actors, actresses, and crew. At the stage door after the show, students were able to meet, get signatures, and talk to some of the broadway actors. After that, the group of drama, band, orchestra, and choir students headed to the famous Ellen’s Stardust Diner for dinner, where broadway performers and those hoping to soon be on the stage act as waiters and waitresses, singing their hearts out while serving burgers (and waiting for castings). The smooth jazz show at Lincoln Center ended the night. Students were able to sit back, relax, and listen to talented, experienced players perform. After a long, action-packed day, students headed on the bus at 11:00 pm, trying their best to sleep. Tired parents came to pick up their kids at 2:30 am, and the 22-hour day came to a close. This yearly field trip brings all sections of the performing arts under one umbrella, and allows them to experience performances and an amazing city they will never forget.