#PrepareAtPeace | WPU Musical Theatre Students Travel to NYC for Immersive Learning Experience

March 18, 2019
WPU Theatre students visit New York City.

WPU Musical Theatre students traveled to New York City over spring break for an unforgettable immersive learning experience on Broadway. The student-performers took in Broadway shows, studied in a performance masterclass, and were even given the chance to audition for professional productions.

Spring Break 2019 was a memorable experience for a group of WPU Musical Theatre seniors as they made their pilgrimage to Broadway in New York City. With support from the WPU Theatre Department and an Immersive Learning Initiative Grant from WPU’s Center for Immersive Learning, these students flew to the Big Apple to experience live musical theatre at its finest. Students had the opportunity to see two Broadway shows, the smash-hit comedy, The Prom and the world-famous musical, The Phantom of the Opera.

“I learned so much about the process of getting on a Broadway stage on this trip, and to see my first shows really helped me see what it looks like to be the most successful in this business.”

Tiffany Lewis ’19, WPU Musical Theatre Student

WPU Theatre students visit New York City.
Amy White (bottom right), Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre, accompanies the WPU students to the Broadway production of “The Prom.”

Students also had the opportunity to sharpen their performance and audition skills by taking part in a masterclass with David Ebert. Ebert is an actor, director, and writer living and working in New York City. Learning hands-on with professionals is an invaluable experience for students in any major as they begin to plot their course for life after graduation.

“I learned so much about the process of getting on a Broadway stage on this trip,” said Tiffany Lewis ’19, a WPU Musical Theatre student. “And to see my first shows really helped me see what it looks like to be the most successful in this business. This was an unforgettable opportunity!”

Students were accompanied on the trip by Amy White, who is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Musical Theatre at WPU. As well as taking in shows and learning from a masterclass, White took the group for a chance to audition for professional productions from across the country.

“Raleigh truly has a tremendous theatre scene but there’s really nothing like a Broadway show,” White said. “It’s eye opening for these students to see all that theatre can be. This trip was inspirational and motivational, and I’m so grateful I was able to share in this experience with our soon to be graduates.”

Immersive learning trips such as these support the mission of the Center for Immersive Learning, which is to enhance student learning and engagement by envisioning student experiences that immerse them in their fields. Faculty across the University have developed amazing activities, trips, and experiences that connect students to the disciplines in exciting ways.

“The Center for Immersive Learning is working diligently with the faculty to bring these new avenues of learning to fruition,” said Christopher Born, WPU’s Director of Immersive Learning. “And by doing so, we are bridging the gap between the traditional classroom and new transformative and impactful experiences so students can effectively experience the building of knowledge in their lives.”

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