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Students visit St. Mary's in London

April 2012

Over spring break in March, St. Ambrose students Jacob Hanenberger '13, Amanda Kochanny '13 and Kristen Jett '13 had the pleasure of accompanying Dr. Corinne Johnson at St. Mary's University College in Twickenham, England.

They had a wonderful trip and there were some great stories to tell because of it. St. Mary's was very welcoming and their students were wonderful and social with the students from Ambrose.

Hanenberger, Kochanny and Jett were lucky enough to attend two of the classes at St. Mary's. The British college offers three different theatrical tracks; drama and theatre arts, drama and physical theatre, and drama and applied theatre.  These tracks don't overlap a whole lot and the theatre students do not take any classes outside of their major. Yes, that's right–no math, science, religion or philosophy. The students also study for three years instead of four.

St. Mary's also has two graduate degrees, both MA programs; one in directing and one in physical theatre international ensemble. Both of these degrees are one year programs after which a professional should have the connections they need to succeed in the theatre world.

Kochanny , Hanenberger  and Jett also had the opportunity to attend plays with Dr. Johnson. They all had different favorites but among them the top, most-liked plays were War Horse, Shrek, She Stoops to Conquer, and Les Miserables. The students also were able to see some sights like the London Tower, Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben and the Globe Theatre.

There were some harrowing experiences with transportation for sure, and the trio also faced problems with the ticket system at the public train stations because sometimes their swipe cards wouldn't let them through.

Overall, the trip to London and St. Mary's was a pleasurable and positive experience for all involved.

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