In May of this year, just after graduation, 10 SAU English and Theatre students traveled with professors Cory Johnson and Owen Rogal to spend two weeks in jolly old London town! The students participated in numerous activities such as attending seven shows as a group, partaking in workshops led by professional actors, taking tours of new and historic theatres and a weekend trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's childhood home.
An eye-opener for the travelers, the experience in London brought about numerous discoveries. "I saw the most amazing shows of my life there, and they really made me want to pursue this path in my life even more," said Monique Vos '11. The group saw seven shows together, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary and everything in between.
Tyler Reinert '12 was inspired by the country's support of its fine arts. "Every theatre we went to the actors were performing to a mostly, if not completely sold out house, no matter the day," says Reinert.
Although not required, all of the students attended additional shows during their stay, in keeping with the country's arts appreciation. Workshops with professional actors allowed students to explore the techniques of different playwrights hands-on by participating in acting exercises involving improv, teamwork and creativity. The experience showed a different side of the theatre that many students had not seen before. "I view theatre in a whole new way," said English student Rachel Niederer '11.
But Michelle Chalkey '11 says it best: "The trip to London was worth every penny and overdraft charge on my debit card."