Tuesday, June 29, 2010

NCT Conservatory Students in NYC

On June 10th, members of the NCT Conservatory Company classes made their 3rd annual trip to NYC for 4 days of workshops, classes, Broadway shows, special celebrity guests and general “pigging out” NYC-style.

We all attended Promises, Promises and Memphis (two nights before it won the Tony) as a group, and then various shows on the final night including American Idiot, Next to Normal and Wicked.

Senior Company members were treated to a Memphis workshop with Raleigh and NCT’s own Charlie Williams. Junior Company members attended a Fosse workshop with Broadway veteran Carol Shuberg. All Company members attended a Hair workshop with original cast member Paris Remillard.

On Saturday morning we attended a musical theatre audition workshop with Phil Reno, Grammy nominated conductor and musical director of Promises, Promises. After the workshop ,the kids were “surprised” by a visit from Emmy and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Kristin met each student personally (to those who could still speak) and talked about her love of the theatre while passing on some words of motivation.

With Kristin Chenoweth

Introductions - they are all star struck

We had some great meals at Carmines and Broadway Joes and stayed right in Times Square at the Millenium Hotel. Tito Hernandez and I love experiencing our old “stomping grounds” with our students and getting the chance to share our friends and colleagues on Broadway with the kids.

Here are some more fun pictures while we were in NYC:

Taking a dance workshop

Everyone with Memphis's (and NCT's) Charlie Williams

NCT Conservatory student Kelsey Walston performing for her friends

Students and parents attending were:
Joy Polhemus
Tara Polhemus
Michelle Rashid
Lily Rashid
Shelby van Venrooy
Anna van Venrooy
Alexis van Venrooy
Kelsey Waslton
Miriam Davis
Meredith Davis
Suzanne Williamson
Logan Williamson
Lydia Leggett
Amy Glass
Brooke Wilson
Radhika Pasi
Laura Bottomley
Katie Bottomley
Anne Bell
Sarah Bell
Donna Gregory
Avery Hoerdemann
Kim Grissom
Carly Grissom
Page Link
Caleigh Link
Angela Simone
Gabby Simone
Lauren Richardson
Morgan Richardson
Haley Richardson
Katharine Richardson
John Richardson
Jack Richardson
Keith Shannon
Reed Shannon

Thanks to all participants and here’s to next years’ trip!!

Ray Walker

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