by Franny Hocking

Students and faculty explored Manhattan in the second annual New York Trip.
Ranging from the top of the Empire State building to Central Park, the group toured the city over a period of four days.
Over the course of the trip, the eight students and three faculty members saw five Broadway shows. Billy Elliot, which they saw only an hour after arriving, seemed to be the crowd favorite.
Senior Fiona Stout said, “[The show] had stunning dance sequences and amazing talent. Overall, the show was just flawless.”
The rest of the shows the group saw included Avenue Q, Chicago, Mamma Mia! and West Side Story.
After watching the professional shows, the group witnessed street performers who completed back-flips and complicated dance moves for the crowd.
Another trip highlight included a tour of the NBC Studios. The tour took the group through various famous sets used in the studio, including the Saturday Night Live (SNL) set.
According to the group, the set was only a quarter of the size of what is seen on TV. They also saw the SNL band rehearsing and the set being prepared for that night’s performance. The excitement from seeing the live band compelled the group to rush back to their hotel to watch the latest show.
On that same tour they also found themselves in the same room as some of the cast from the NBC TV show 30 Rock. Not only did they see the legendary Tina Fey, who plays Liz Lemon on the show, but also the actors who play Jenna Maroney and Kenneth Parcell.
In between their sightseeing and TV star-sightings, the travelers treated themselves to New York’s famous Dylan’s Candy Bar as well as the Hershey’s store. Not only did they fulfill their sugar needs, but the group indulged frequently in pizza and desert at Roxie’s Deli in Times Square.
After one of their dinners, Choral Director Bob Marino treated the homeless with their leftovers.
Without any hesitation, Marino “proved to be very charitable and great with comedic timing,” according to sophomore traveler Chris Stanton. Stout said Marino’s encounters were “truly inspirational.”
After bonding and enjoying what New York City has to offer, the students and faculty felt a void for the rest of the Thanksgiving break.
“The trip was so much fun. From eating pizza at one in the morning, to touring the entire city, I can easily say that I had the time of my life. Not only were students great, but the teachers treated us with respect and as equals,” said Stanton.