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On May 25, 15 Owen County High School seniors and their three chaperones ventured to the theater district of New York City on the third-annual senior drama class field trip.
During their stay, students explored Times Square, Rockefeller Plaza, NBC Studios, Madam Tussauds Wax Museum, Fifth Avenue and 34th Street fashion districts, the Empire State Building, the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park, Ground Zero, Wall Street, Financial District, Little Italy and Chinatown.
Beside the fact that only one student had ever been to NYC, there were many other firsts: four students flew for the first time; many students had never experienced riding on a subway; most students had never seen a Broadway musical; 12 students were stuck on a hotel elevator; and one chaperone even ended up on New York’s Channel 5 news report. Can you guess which chaperone that was: LeeAnn Gamm, Ashley Newcomb, or Dave Stowe? Yes, Dave Stowe was playing a game of hopscotch in the middle of Times Square when a news reporter approached him to tell him he would be on the Channel 5 News report at 10 p.m.
Considering all the first-time experiences, the highlight of the trip was the play, “Shrek the Musical.” Students dressed up and took the subway to Times Square to eat dinner at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Company restaurant and then to the Broadway Theater to watch this fast-moving, comical musical.
The students said it was quite a spectacle with numerous special effects such as revolving stages, trap-doors, and a huge dragon.
The students said the play wasn’t as good as Owen County’s “High School Musical” production that these travelers just performed, but still it was the highlight of the trip.
Tired and more educated about the world beyond Owen County, students returned May 27 (actually early morning of May 28 due to the plane delay) with the memories of a senior trip they will never forget.