Students from all three American Academy (AA) campus performing arts programs experienced unique hands-on learning when they took a trip to New York City. The trip allowed students to not only explore the City, but they were also able to go behind the scenes at Radio City Music Hall and explore areas outside of their comfort zones and see the possibilities of a future in theater.
The group participated in a workshop presented by Hugh Jackman’s understudy in the musical, The Music Man. Working through vocal and dance skills, the students practiced and performed the song Seventy-Six Trombones. A top Broadway lighting designer led the second workshop on lighting design.
The trip, workshops and performances all helped AA students as they prepare for their own performance of The Music Man taking place at the Parker Arts Cultural and Events Center on April 30 and May 1.
By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Elizabeth Ericson