A student perspective on a trip to the Big Apple

By Kyra Smith-Cullen in Arts & Entertainment

October 6, 2011

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For years, I’ve wanted to go to Broadway. I grew up watching the musicals and dreaming of seeing them on stage; a desire that was partially satisfied by my friends’ performances in high school productions. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out about the university’s trip to see How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. I signed up.

When I got to the PUB, I could tell who was prepared to sleep by the pillows under their arms or the blankets over their shoulders. We left campus around 7:15; the bus was quiet except for the excited chatter of a few people. I alternated between reading and looking out the window as the town names passed by – including towns that I grew up in. I admit to feeling homesick, because I knew my mother would have loved to see the show with me.

As traveled throughNew Jersey, the distance lessened and theNew York Cityskyline appeared outside our windows, which was an exciting sight under the thin layer of fog.

Because the buses got there near 11:30, I had time to explore and shop. There was a souvenir shop, which had a license plate with the correct spelling of my name! The Hershey store smelled delicious, and I couldn’t believe that the M&M world needed 3 floors, even if the wall of M&Ms looked yummy.

Forever 21 was predictably busy and full of clothes while Midtown Comics was a paradise for a Batman fan like me. We stopped to talk to Spiderman, who got $3 from me for a photo.

After that, we were a lot more careful about whom we stopped to talk to; a hard task considering the streets are filled with people who wanted to sell something or grub up donations. But the entire time, I was counting down the minutes until the show began.

By the time we got to the Al Hirschfeld theatre, the line had wrapped around the corner and extended for half a block or more. One by one or two by two, the patrons flooded into the building.

We were seated closer to the back, but were still only 100 feet away from the stage. My excitement grew as the lights dimmed.

The orchestra began to play, and moments later, Daniel Radcliffe (best known for playing the role of Harry Potter in the Warner Bros. films) rose from the pit and the narration began as soon as the cheers died down.

The last time I had seen How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, it was on my television, and that couldn’t compare to this.

It was a terrific show, filled with innuendos and humor. The songs were expertly done and the choreography was amazing. The main character, J. Pierpont Finch (Radcliffe), was a hilarious opportunist; His boss, J.B. Biggley, was an adulterer who humorously gave into his wife. Rosemary Pilkington was an idealistic secretary who dreamed of marrying J. Pierpont Finch the moment she laid eyes on him.

As we climbed back into the bus to go home, I realized that if I never went back, I would still be happy, just because of this one time. However, I hear this is a yearly thing, so I’m pretty ecstatic about that.

I think it’s great the Lock Haven offers students trips like these, because It benefits students like me, who could never afford to pay the full price for a live performance such as How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. It offers some students the opportunities to travel to a place that isn’t ordinarily open to us; whether we’re just going there for shopping or for a Broadway experience.

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