As the bus pulled into New York City after just a two-hour trip spent laughing and conversing with my classmates, we all entered the rush and the excitement of the Big Apple, ready for some Broadway flare. We traveled into NYC with Marist’s Honors Program to see Wicked, one of Broadway’s renowned performances. The Honors Program sponsors several opportunities to explore the rich cultural assets of our thriving surrounding area throughout the year, and offers these students the chance to bond with their fellow classmates. This was my first time seeing a Broadway performance, and I couldn’t think of a better way to experience it than with such an incredible group of students, who have now become some of my closest friends.
The bus rolled through the streets lit up with NYC color, and we continued to take in all of the excitement. We noticed all of the surrounding attractions, shops, and other spots of interest as we gawked, awestruck at the beauty of this city on the perfectly crisp fall evening. We even snuck in a trip to Crumbs to enjoy a sweet treat before the show! YUM!
Soon enough it was time for the show to begin, and I would soon find out that all of the glitz, glamour, and unique pizzazz really do come to life on NYC’s Broadway stage! My newness to this outstanding venue does not color my perception of how amazing it really was, as other students, some of whom have seen the play multiple times before, also shared my feelings and had a memorable experience.
Freshman student Katie O’Brien reflects upon her experience with the Honors Program on Broadway: “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the play. The performers were amazing and the costumers and scenery enhanced and highlighted the beauty of the play. The Honors Program provided a great opportunity for us and the trip with them was excellent.”
Shannon McCormack, another freshman addition to the Program, also expressed her thoughts on the play: “The play was absolutely spectacular! It was so creatively written and I loved how they incorporated the Wizard of Oz and its characters. My favorite part was definitely how they showed us the Wicked Witch of the West’s side of the story. I realized she was just someone that was deemed evil because she stood up for what she believed in, a character many can relate to.”
McCormack also shared O’Brien’s sentiments about making this excursion into NYC with the Honors Program: “I am so grateful that the Honors Program provided me with this amazing opportunity!”
I am looking forward to creating even more lasting friendships and bonding with classmates over the course of the years to come. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to experience so much cultural richness with my colleagues and friends. I can’t wait for our next adventure!
–By Katie Gillick