And The Tony Goes To…
June 22, 2015   //   By:   //   Educational Travel, New York City, Performance & Specialized Tours, USA   //   Comments are off

The infectious glitz and glamour of the Tony Awards have passed in typical New York fashion…fast! Even though the evening may have flown by in a whirlwind of excitement, fashion, and flashing lights, the memories will remain with a select group of individuals and I’m not referring to the winners.

The students of Mt. Paran High School approached Educational Travel Adventures last fall inquiring on a class trip to New York City. Going to New York is exciting enough when you travel with ETA, but Mt. Paran wanted the total Broadway experience. Challenge accepted! Not only did the students view the iconic Phantom of the Opera and the whimsical Matilda, students experienced a private theater workshop with our friends at Believe NYC.

Believe NYC workshops offer students “Real Life” experiences in the world of Broadway. If your group interests lie in Theater, Dance, Musical Theater, or even an orchestra, there is a workshop for you.  Believe NYC will immerse students into authentic scenarios, equipping students with experience to tackle auditions, casting calls, and many more obstacles that could come their way.  With instruction from working artists, students gain critical insight into the world of theater and all its working facets.

The students from Mt. Paran participated in not just one workshop but three in total with the Believe NYC staff. Workshops focused on Musical Theater and specific acting techniques such as Improv. The crown jewel of Believe NYC would have to be  the forty-five minute one-woman show that tells the story of a young girl’s dream to be an actress and to get to New York City. After this inspiring performance, students participate in a Mock Audition workshop.  The program ends with a Q&A session with the actress, composer and a surprise Broadway guest!

In addition to the Believe NYC experience the students of Mt. Paran partook in a one on one conversation or “Talk Back” with the cast of Matilda. Students and the audience have the opportunity to ask specific questions to the cast and crew of Matilda. The chances are one will walk away from the conversation with a better understanding of the crazy world of the Broadway professional.

The combination of the workshop and the talk back session could easily make any New York experience complete, but we had one more trick up our sleeves. Working closely with our New York partners, ETA secured exclusive tickets to the 2014-2015 Tony Awards! The Mt. Paran students were in for an unforgettable evening.

The 69th annual Tony awards were held at the famous Radio City Music Hall. Housed in the one and only Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Music Hall is a true American Icon, that has withstand the tribulations of a rapidly changing metropolis, such as New York City. Opening to the public in 1932, Radio City has housed numerous productions, but as of late the Tony Awards has called the Radio City Music Hall it’s home.

Upon entering Radio City, Mt. Paran students were thrown into a world of vintage Art Deco design, that utilizes glass, aluminum, chrome and geometric ornamentation. The Radio City Music Hall was unique upon conception and now even more unique as its design heralds back to a time of skyscrapers, big bands, and fedoras. The stage itself was designed by Peter Clark, the father of hydraulic lifts fabricated for theater. You can say good bye to those old sand bags! Working seamlessly, the hydraulic system(the first of its kind) gave way to innovations beyond theater and into our own Navy. The Grand Stage it self represents a setting sun. In the magic beneath this veiled sun, Mt. Paran students experienced history. They walk away with not only being a witness, but with a lasting impression, to fuel their Theater aspirations.

*UPDATE: COMING SOON-  The story continues with exclusive interviews with the Mt. Paran students.

If you’re interested in who went home with a Tony, as a matter of fact whom ever has gone home with an award in the 69 years of Tony history, click HERE

Here are some more highlights from Mt. Paran’s New York adventure!

•Visit to the Chelsea Market

•Visit to the High Line Park

•Free time in Times Square

•Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Ferry Ticket

•Visit to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center

•Central Park Walking Tour

•Visit to Chinatown & Little Italy

•Visit to Greenwich Village & SoHo

Interested in a custom quote for your students? Don’t hesitate to contact us HERE!


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