Our inaugural NYC theatre trip is in the books and it was a smashing success! Everyone learned a ton, and didn’t slow down for one solitary moment in the city that never sleeps. Here are some of the highlights.
Day 1 - We arrived in NYC and after dropping our bags we split up in groups to wander and stretch our legs after a long travel day. We met back at our hotel to meet with Sam Wiegers for a very informative Q & A session about what it takes to start out as an actor in New York City.
Day 2 - We kicked off our day with a private acting class at Ripley-Grier Studios with Carol Linnea Johnson who appeared in Mamma Mia! and The Full Monty on Broadway among many other theatre, television and film credits.
After class we ventured up to Central Park where we saw the Imagine memorial for John Lennon and the Shakespeare Garden. We finally came to stop at the statue of Alexander Hamilton on the Great Lawn. We continued our tour of all things Hamilton by heading next to Columbia University, or as it was originally, King’s College chartered by King George II who is one of our favorite characters in Hamilton. After that we went further uptown to Hamilton Grange, the residence of Alexander Hamilton. Finally, we headed all the way downtown to the Financial District to see the final resting place of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton in the cemetery at Trinity Church.
Day 3 - A few of our early risers, chaperone Tina and students Zach and Lexi were up and out the door to church at St. Patrick’s Cathedral then had enough time after to make an appearance on The Today Show in Rockefeller Center. We met up and headed back uptown to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum to take in their interactive exhibit about the Five Senses, something which the actor must be critically aware of in our work onstage.
Immediately following our performance we headed to the Magnet Theatre Training Center to meet up with the uber-talented Jude Treder-Wolff, who led the students thru a fantastic 2-hour intensive storytelling workshop.
Day 4 - First stop we headed for Silvercup Studios East in Queens where we were treated to a private studio tour of the hit drama Madam Secretary on CBS. The utterly incredible Rich Murray, who makes the sets come alive, showed us all the ins and outs behind the scenes and gave us tons of information about the massive amount of work and hundreds of talented folks who make this show happen. We’re still deciding if seeing the Oval Office set or meeting Rich’s dog Georgia was the best part.
While in Queens we continued on to the Museum of the Moving Image where we took in exhibits, displays and screenings dedicated to the history of television, radio and film. Some students got to enjoy the interactive exhibits like voiceover and stop motion photography.
We ended the day be attending the evening performance of Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre. Fans of the movie will NOT be disappointed, such a fantastic, hilarious show with a perfect complimentary soundtrack.
Day 5 - What a treat, we got to spend our morning with the high energy Louie Pearlman who can brag credits with Story Pirates and Upright Citizens Brigade. His improv workshop was super fun, fast-paced and a great challenge even to some of our more seasoned improv actors. He also shared a lot of the projects he has worked on and things he’s doing currently, he NEVER stops working and explained how to keep yourself busy in a lot of theatre-related jobs.
Our day of drama wasn’t quite over, we headed to LaGuardia only to find out were just a few of hundreds of displaced passengers as a ton of flights were canceled. Our next flight availability was going to be three days later, so we headed back to the city and crashed in a studio apartment and had a giant slumber party, then the next day we were fortunate enough to hop on a Star Destinations tour bus arranged by Town & Country Travel. No flight? Take a bus! Now THAT is definitely improvisation. But we made it home in one piece and a day earlier than the delayed flight.
It was quite an adventure that no one will soon forget. For parents of students interested in our next trip scheduled for Summer 2020, there will be information coming in the Fall of 2019. Please email at that time if you are interested. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you next time Big Apple!
Sonia Cuvelier Walsh has many years experience working with children. She has that combined with her knowledge and love of the theater which makes her the perfect person to teach drama to kids of all ages. If you want to expose your child to the magic of theater, the art of performing, to help them gain self-confidence and have a great time while doing it, then Serendipity Acting Studio definitely is the place to be!
“ Acting - it’s sort of like advanced pretend. ”Jeff Bridges
“ Without acting I cannot breathe. ”Sir Laurence Olivier
“ Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found. ”Clare Danes
“ The thing about performance, even if its only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we contain within ourselves infinite possibilities. ”Daniel Day Lewis
“ Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over. ”Alan Rickman
“ I found the theatre and I found my home. ”Audra McDonald
“ Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest productions and still have the biggest impact. ”Neil Patrick Harris
“ One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives with paying the price. ”Robert DeNiro
“ I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being ”Oscar Wilde
“ Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there. ”Meryl Streep
“ Good morning. You are perfectly cast in your life. I can’t imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play. ”Lin-Manuel Miranda
“ Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances ”Stanford Meisner
“ The best actors instinctively feel out what other actors need, and they just accommodate it. ”Christopher Nolan
“ Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art. ”Konstantin Stanislavsky