Mount ’15 Embraces NY Theater Experience

Joe Mount ’15 – Neither rain nor snow can stop New York City from being an amazing place. Each day this week something new pops up in the city, reminding me once again why I aspire to live here one day. Despite the stereotypes, the people here are incredibly friendly, and there’s an energy that’s palpable on every street corner. I don’t say it often, but I’m definitely in love – if you can be in love with a city.

We returned to the New Ohio Theatre today for another workshop, this one focusing on breathing. After some intense physical and breathing exercises we each started working on the 10 lines of Shakespeare we had each prepared. The people we were working with really knew what they were talking about, and the exercises we did immediately started us thinking about performing (and breathing) in brand new ways. It was great that in two and a half hours we were given a myriad of new techniques and ideas to explore on our own.

Afterwards we roamed Central Park for a while, visiting the Delacorte Theater, the Belvedere Castle, and the Bethesda angel. The miserable weather wasn’t enough to stop our merry troop from traipsing the Rabble and back into the city for the best meal of my life at Gallagher’s.  All of us on this trip definitely owe Mr. Bill Wheeler huge thanks for the amazing experience we all had. The steaks, the mushrooms, the cheesecake, everything! I can’t remember ever being that full and content.

Then we made our way down a few blocks to see The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The play was never actually finished, because Charles Dickens died after only writing about half of it. The great thing about this show was that the audience chooses the ending of the play, so there are a dozen possible endings. And seeing Chita Rivera on stage wasn’t half bad either.

Once again, we owe another huge thanks to Jessica Phillips for getting us backstage after the show! That makes two Broadway shows we’ve been allowed to go backstage for, which is incredibly rare. I still can’t get over how lucky we’ve been to go on this trip and experience the things we’ve gone through, and we’re not even done yet! Tomorrow will be our last day, but I suspect it’ll be one of the highlights of the trip.

So basically, this trip is amazing. We’ve seen some of the best theatre out there, received insightful advice from professionals, walked the streets of one of the liveliest cities in the world, and have gained a new appreciation for what’s out there. I hate that it’s coming to an end, but I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. If all goes well, I’ll be living here soon and I won’t have to give that stuff up.

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