New York Art and Drama Tour 2017

During the winter school holidays, a group of Ascham girls and staff flew north to enjoy the art, theatre and sunshine of summer in New York City. Here, two of our Year 10 students recall their adventures in the Big Apple.

‘The 2017 Art and Drama Tour to New York was incredible. Most of us had not been there before and the opportunity to experience world-class art and theatre was very exciting. After almost 24 hours of cramped legs, screaming babies and patchy sleep, we landed in JFK towards the end of a warm New York afternoon. The next day we were immersed in the city life as we toured some of its most iconic attractions, including the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Centre, the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street and Times Square.

The Art students were able to learn and expand their knowledge, through visiting multiple institutions along Museum Mile, including the Guggenheim, the Frick and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as MoMA in Midtown and the Whitney in the Meatpacking District. We even travelled by train upstate to Dia:Beacon, a secluded but innovative collection of contemporary largescale sculptural installations. We were lucky enough to have guided tours to each of these galleries, which gave us greater insight and a more authentic appreciation for the masterpieces on display.

The drama workshops and Broadway shows were also a huge success. The Book of Mormon was very entertaining and almost completely drove away our jetlag, while Hello, Dolly drew a standing ovation and thunderous applause. We also saw the black comedy Marvin’s Room, which was both confronting and absorbing. Walking through the electric Times Square at peak hour to renowned John’s Pizzeria was an unforgettable experience. The Drama girls were also fortunate enough to have an engaging acting-to-camera workshop at the Stella Adler Institute, and a lively musical theatre class with a cast member from The Book of Mormon.

Of course, we also had plenty of time to explore the city and sightsee along Fifth Avenue, Herald Square, Times Square and the shopaholic heaven of Woodbury Commons.

This trip was truly eye opening and incredible!’

Anna Coles and Lizzie Chiba

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