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May 1, 2014

NT choir students touring NYC

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Tonawanda News — While the kids will have plenty of time to check things off their NYC bucket list, like sightseeing, shopping on Fifth Avenue, checking out Central Park and hitting NBC’s “Today Show,” there are also many practical and educational experiences to be had.  

On Saturday they will participate in a theater workshop on Broadway with members of the cast of “Phantom of the Opera.” According to Vallas the workshop will include time in a real Broadway rehearsal space, time with theater coaches and a question-and-answer session. Then they will get to see their instructors in action when “Phantom” takes the stage at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre that evening. 

“A lot of the kids are crossovers, doing both the musical and chorus,” Vallas said. “Part of what they are going to take away from this is that experience of being able to go through this with people who are really in the business. Just that taste of what it’s really like is the best thing for them.”

Several of the students, including seniors Emma Balen and Sarah Wilczynski and junior Will Alvarado, agree. They say gaining experience is what they are looking forward to the most. The girls both noted that the chance to study under real Broadway performers is not one they’re likely to come across again. 

“It’s going to be fun go to the Broadway workshop,” Alvarado said, agreeing with his classmates. “And it’s going to be super cool to work with someone who has already made it in the industry.” 

A tour of Radio City Music Hall is also on the agenda, complete with a chance to meet a Rockette and ask her about her career, which is also seen as a chance for students to gather some insight about life as a performer after graduation. Sydney Forster, a substitute teacher who has been working with the choir says they are really excited to get on the road. 

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