New York with Theatrica - Once was not enough!!
I have been on 2 theatrica tours once by myself and then with my husband and both trips openied our eyes to a whole new world and Megan is an amazing person as is Theatrica. I whole heartedly recommend Theatrica to everyone and to all people of all ages.
Sally King (Parent of a Theatrica Student and Lover of New York, Broadway and Theatrica!!)
MELBOURNE PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIENCE
St Paul’s School Brisbane – Melbourne Camp
7 nights/8 days
Participating in seminars and master class workshops with key professionals within the Performing Arts Industry. Tickets to the latest shows, behind the scenes backstage tour where possible, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners also highlighting some of Melbourne’s iconic local tourist attractions.
Dear Charles and Romina, As you are probably aware by now the Melbourne Performing Arts Tour exceeded all our expectations. Parents were raving about the educational value of the trip and the quality of the experiences provided as students were still stepping off the plane. It was referred to on more than one occasion as the” trip of a life time” for their children. Parents even asked if the school could organise a tour for parents. Your Performing Arts Experience will definitely become part of the tour schedule for the school. I am hesitant to use the word tour as I believe it does not accurately describe the opportunities being offered to students. It differs from the more traditional tours in that the program is highly specialised and the majority of the experiences offered, students would not have access to at other times. It is also not just sight-seeing as students participate in master classes workshops and seminars. They are constantly challenged to reflect on new learning and experiences. The school’s collaboration with Theatrica Performing Arts Experiences and its director and arts education specialist Charles Slucki, recognised the school’s commitment to building learning opportunities that take place outside the classroom, as well as fostering meaningful relationships between the school and industry. Thanks to you and Romina few schools can boast the degree of insider access to industry professionals that St Paul’s student’s experienced. Exposed to a plethora of careers within the industry over the course of the tour, students participated in private master classes with working artists such as actor/ director Damien Walsh Howeling (Underbelly, Blue Heelers), actress / director Alicia Gardner (Off Spring), Michael Isaac (Blue Heelers) and musical theatre veteran Will Conyers (Jesus Christ Super Star). They were provided with exclusive behind the scenes access to the Les Miserables set with Assistant Stage Manager Yossi Torbiner and explored the world of film and television with a personalised guided tour of the “Neighbours’” sound stage with director Scott Major. The generosity of spirit of with which these professionals gave their time and advice was greatly appreciated by the school. Not only did they share the skills and qualities required to survive in this demanding industry, but they were also very frank about the hardships and enduring persistence required. The students have made valuable contacts with relevant professionals and some have continued contact with artists who have offered to mentor them should they choose to negotiate a career in the Performing Arts.
The Melbourne Performing Arts Tour was an incredible experience filled with so many opportunities. The shows we saw were fantastic, my eyes being glued to the stage the entire time. I’m so grateful for the valuable things we learnt in the acting workshops, with my main priority being to write everything down once we made it back to the hotel. I learnt so much more than I thought we would. Every time we were given a new tip or piece of advice I found myself engaged in every word being said. It was such a memorable experience and I would jump at the chance to do it again! – Olivia Ffrench (Year 10)
Yours sincerely, Siobhan Gillespie Learning Manager Drama St Paul’s School
Recently, I elected to attend a Performing Arts Tour to Melbourne with my school, St Paul’s School, Bald Hills, run by Charles Slucki of Theatrica performing Arts Tours , and I can positively say that it was one of the best experiences of my life. The trip was well organised and run, with the outings and excursions run on a schedule that befitted secondary school students. Each day contained a well-balanced mix of cultural activities and opportunities for self-directed enjoyment. Being a theatre professional, Mr Slucki had a broad knowledge of the theatrical world in Melbourne, and was able to provide insight into the inner-workings of the theatrical industry. He also had many contacts in the industry that he was able to organise workshops with theatre professionals, such as Offspring star Alicia Gardener, Neighbours and Blue Heeler’s star Damien Walshe-Howling, who ran workshops with us, which allowed us to expand our knowledge of the industry.
Being an ex-teacher as well, Mr Slucki was also able to effectively engage with every student, on both a personal and professional level, and could effectively communicate all knowledge in a way that was easy to understand by all. He also allowed for numerous questions for those who were engaged by the information. The trip was structured in such a way that provided a balance between viewing of shows, such as Les Miserables, Once, Bombshells, Dead Set and Eurydices and workshops run by theatre professionals, such as Alicia Gardener and Damien Walshe-Howling, and included tours of the Melbourne Theatre Company, the set of Neighbours, a tour of The Malthouse Theatre and a backstage tour of Les Miserables.
Our tour guide, Romina Izzo from Travel with a Twist showed insightful knowledge of Melbourne and its surrounds, and was able to take us on many cultural and sightseeing journeys around the city, from Graffiti Alley to Federation Square and St Kilda, Romina and Charles worked together to allow us to experience Melbourne in the light of performing arts, as well as observing the tourist attractions.
If this trip is to be run again, I would gladly do it again in a heartbeat.
Brandon Meikle (St Paul’s School)
Back in September I had an amazing tour experience in Melbourne with Charles and Romina. This was a one in a lifetime tour that I would definitely do again if I had the chance. Keep up the amazing tours!
Sean Taylor (St Paul’s School)
New York and LA 2010
I went in 2010 to the New York trip with Strathmore high school and Theatrica. Love every minute of it. Seeing the Big Apple, all the stage shows, behind the scenes workshops. Every minute was amazing and just a treasure. The tour was one of the reasons that I am now a teacher, hopefully I can share my experience with my students one day. Thank you for allowing me to experience something that I loved and will treasure forever
Jayden Anderson (Student in 2010 Tour)
Strathmore Secondary College's first Theatrica Tour
ROBYN BISHOP AFTER HER 1ST THEATRICA NY & LA EXPERIENCE IN 1996. ROBYN IS NOW ORGANISING THEIR 5TH TRIP FOR 2014 WITH THEATRICA.Broadway! Six Musicals in five days!
Seminars with the top Broadway actors, producers, stage and company managers.
An adventure to the largest theatrical city in the world.
Staying at The Edison Hotel, Times Square. Right in the centre of all the hustle and bustle and excitement of the theatre district of New York.
What performing arts enthusiast, teacher or student could resist this tour?
Fourteen Strathmore secondary people (ten students and four teachers) were very quick to put up their hands to go. We signed up with Charles Slucki (a Drama Teacher who had been running this tour with his own school for 15 years) and the Theatrica Group. And our countdown began! During first term 2007 we kept our eyes on the calender, reminding each other as we came in contact during the business of school that a breathtaking journey was ours in 48 sleeps, 31 sleeps, 18 sleeps, 2 sleeps….Then all of a sudden we were at the airport. Tears, hugs, exclamations of joy.
Twenty two hours later a group of very jet lagged people took a bus into New York just as the city was lighting up for the evening. A magical sight!
Eight days of amazing experiences. Seminars that opened our minds to the possibilities for young people wanting a career in the Performing Arts Industry. A country where dreams had a possibility of coming true. Students and teachers alike listening to information spilling forth from successful professional’s mouths. Professionals like Julia Murney, the lead actress in Wicked, Resident Company Manager for the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, Matthew Marfoff, Broadway Stage Manager for Spring Awakening Heather Cousens and Theatrical Producer for Rent and Wicked Kevin McCollum.
Every evening ( and one afternoon), a show at a theatre in walking distance from our hotel. Rent, Wicked, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, Altar Boys and The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. We meet the cast of Rent and Spring Awakening, had a question and answer session with the cast of Avenue Q, took a dance session with dancers from Altar Boys and watched one of our students Mollie Callaghan act on the Broadway stage in The 25th Putnam Annual Spelling Bee.
As well as all these theatrical experiences we managed to take in the sights Central Park, 5th Avenue, Ground Zero, NBC studios, Lincoln Centre for The Performing Arts, Radio City Music Hall and the Statue of Liberty.
After New York we flew to Los Angeles for two days. In L.A. we visited two sound and editing studios for Hollywood movies and attended Universal Studios.
Question: Would you go again?
Answer: In a heartbeat