The Liberal High School group going to New York City later this month includes front row, left to right, Sarai Marin, Ben Mann and Yahaida Zubia; on the couch, Janet Heston, Charlene Plett and Jodi Malick; and back row, Brandon Ridge, Linus Ogalsbee, Tony Claus, Bill VanWyhe and Tyna Dorsey. The trip to NYC is a newer tradition started by the drama department at LHS. Students will fly to the city in order to experience not only the amazing sites offered in NYC, but also to explore theater in a professional setting. Courtesy photo
LHS drama club hosting car wash fundraiser Saturday at south Pizza Hut
• Special to the Daily Leader
The bags are packed, tickets are purchased; everyone is ready to go.
Students and faculty at Liberal High School have been planning a trip to New York City for the entire school year. Now, all of those plans are becoming a reality as the end of school approaches and the impending departure date of May 29 draws near.
The trip to NYC is a newer tradition started by the drama department at LHS. Students fly to the city in order to experience not only the amazing sites offered in NYC, but also to explore theater in a professional setting.
This year’s group of seven students, nine faculty and three friends/family members will make their way to the city May 29, see five productions (including Broadway smashes like “In the Heights,” “Next to Normal,” “Rock of Ages,” and the revival of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor”), and a few will even get a backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall.
“NYC is the heart of the theatre world,” said Lauren Peck, head of the drama department. “The students and I are very excited to get to see all the things we talk about in class put into action.”
The trip is a bi-annual trip, taken every other year. Students and faculty do a number of fundraisers to help offset the cost of the trip (usually between $1,200 and $1,500).
This year alone, the drama club, along with the LHS International Thespian Society Troupe No. 3024, have sponsored five big fundraisers including October’s face painting at Halloween, the Christmas bake sale/gift wrapping, January’s Penny Wars, and April’s Flat Season (a fundraiser akin to Flamingo Season with a theatrical spin).
The group also performed a special spring show to help raise funds called Broadway the LK Way: a musical revue show featuring students and faculty and lots of tasty desserts.
The group’s last fundraiser before heading for the Great White Way will be a car wash. Members of the trip will be washing cars at the south Pizza Hut from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. They will be accepting a free-will donation rather than charging a fee.
“This is the trip of a lifetime for many of these students,” Peck said. “How often will they be able to go to NYC at all? No matter how many times you go, the trip will never be the same twice. Shows on Broadway are always changing — the entire city is always changing.”