Annual Upper School New York City Trip Visits Broadway and SNL

Annually, the arts department has taken several, upper school students to New York City for an immersive arts experience. This year, Theater Director and Coordinator of Maker Education Brendan Hoyle and Fine and Performing Arts Chair Cathy Francis gave students the experience of a lifetime.

“We were all really excited to see the stellar performance of the Broadway musical ‘Waitress’ with special guest star Jason Mraz,” says Hoyle. “We also had the opportunity to visit and explore inside of the Statue of Liberty and the National September 11 Memorial.”

Students also explored the Metropolitan Museum of Art and gazed at the city from the top of the Rockefeller Center.

The highlight of the trip? Everyone seems to agree it was stepping behind the curtain of the hit show “Saturday Night Live.” Thanks to alumnus Scott Weinstein ’91, students participated in a workshop at the NBC studio and were able to watch rehearsals for the upcoming show.

“We had a blast,” continues Hoyle. “The backstage tour at SNL was the best yet and a fantastic opportunity for our performing arts students to see the massive amount of detailed work that goes into putting together a professional live show. It was terrific watching the many members of the crew working collaboratively to ensure the sets, lights, sounds and costumes were all prepared for the broadcast.”

“At one point, [Brendan, the students and I] were standing backstage and Leslie Jones had to walk through us to get where she needed to go. All the kids kept their cool while she was excusing herself past the group, but the moment she was out of earshot, the students’ jaws dropped and they let out some silent squeals.”

“We had such a great group of people on the trip this year; it really made the whole experience amazing,” says Calie Quinn ’19. “The places we went [this year] were just next level. Seeing “Waitress” and getting to sit in on a dress rehearsal at ‘SNL’ just proves how much the trip is growing and improving.”