Eight upperclass artists from Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler have flown to NYC for five daysto explore the city and gain new perspectives that will influence their work. JMArts has partnered with the Chatham News + Record to get trip diary updates next week from the program's ace correspondents. Thanks to Chip and Rose Pate for sharing photographs and working with these students.
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Eight upperclass artists from Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler have flown to New York City for five days over spring break to explore one of the world's great cities, gain new perspectives that will influence their work, and experience the very best in theater, music and visual arts.
JMArts has partnered with the Chatham News + Record to get trip diary updates from the program's ace correspondents: Lindley Andrew, Jennifer Henderson, Natalie Santiago, Sydney Suits and Samantha Zarate.
By Jennifer Henderson
After our first day in New York, we were ecstatic to begin our next day’s adventures. We woke up to car horns and doughnuts from the Doughnut Project. The doughnuts were amazing and my favorite had to have been the vanilla bean doughnut.
After a bit of exploring, we headed to Joe Allen for lunch with Jessie Austrian, an actress and director who is the cofounder of Fiasco Theater Company. Jessie discussed life in the theater business with us and gave us wonderful advice for our futures in theater. The food was incredible, but Jessie was even better!
Following our amazing lunch with Jessie, we arrived at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway to watch “Tootsie.” The show was hysterical and filled with incredible actors. Following the show, Andy Grotelueschen, who played Michael’s roommate Jeff, showed us around backstage and even introduced us to costars Santino Fontana and Lilli Cooper! Seeing how they ran the show backstage was insightful and a great look into what a career in theater is like.
After much, much more coffee and getting lost in the subway, we took the 1-train to the Metropolitan Opera House to watch “La Traviata.” We got to watch many incredible opera singers perform, including world-famous Plácido Domingo. Their talent was inspiring to all of us and will be undoubtedly be a highlight in our trip.
To end off the day, we ate a very late dinner at Chandni, an Indian-Pakistani food buffet. While the entire meal was delicious, the naan bread with tikka masala sauce stood out. It was life changing. I will probably have dreams about it.
By Lindley Andrew
This morning we departed from RDU, and after an hour in the air, landed at LaGuardia international airport. We then took a van ride to our hotel where we got our first true look at the city.
Next, we took the subway to Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where we ate lunch while listening to waiters and waitresses, all of whom have been on Broadway, sing and dance. The food was delicious, and the fun atmosphere was even better!
After eating lunch, we walked through Times Square and headed towards the Empire State Building. Once there, we went all the way up to the observation deck where we were able to get a great 360-degree view of the city. The wind was intense on the observatory, but the amazing views were totally worth the crazy, wind-blown hair!
After visiting the Empire State Building, and taking a little bit of rest time at the hotel, we headed to our first theatrical experience of the trip, an interactive show based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” called “Sleep No More.” The interactivity of the show was unlike anything any of us had ever done before, and all of us left more excited and chattery than we came in!
To end the night, we grabbed a late dinner at NY Pizza Suprema. The pizza was amazing! It was authentic and delicious! Definitely a must-try in New York!