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Fourteen PVHS Drama Department students have brought back a little “Broadway” from the Big Apple to share with the Santa Maria Valley.

The students recently spent several days in New York City where they saw three Broadway shows including “School of Rock”, a production the group plans to put on when the school’s new Performing Arts Center opens next year.

They also got a chance to meet the original Tony nominated actor who starred as Dewey, Alex Brightman, and learned the choreography for the show during a workshop. The other shows were “Sunset Boulevard” and the newly released “Groundhog Day”.

“Going to New York City was truly the greatest experience of my life. As an aspiring actor, getting to see three incredible Broadway shows was a dream come true. The acting was fabulous and they were technically beautiful. I am so thankful to be given the opportunity of a lifetime.” Joseph Madrigal-Senior

“Being able to go to New York was such a life-changing experience for me. I had never been able to travel outside of the state, and this trip gave me that and more. It helped me experience cultures and learn more about my career that I want to pursue. The trip allowed me so many experiences that I don’t regret it for a second.” Ivy Hatter- Sophomore

“The New York trip was an amazing experience. To be able to see the art we learn about in school and experience the culture helped me understand the importance of the things I am learning. As a history enthusiast, I was excited to learn and live New York’s rich history. Also, as an aspiring actor to see professional theater and learn about the different acting experience was valuable to me because it prepares me for what I might go through. This was truly a magical and unforgettable experience.” Alina Davila- Junior

After the theater work, the Panthers were also able to see many of the beautiful sights of NYC with their five chaperones and teacher Shawnah Van Gronigen.

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