Four Union County students got the chance this week to see the sights in New York City, as part of The Broadway Experience.
In 2010, the Doctor Family Foundation created the Expanding Horizons: Broadway Experience to provide beyond-the-norm learning opportunities and encouragement for high school students with a passion for the performing arts. A total of six schools applied for the inaugural grant. The 2011 adventure expanded the selection process to 45 nominated students from 15 high schools in Mecklenburg, Union and Gaston counties.
Brandon Rogers from Central Academy of Tech and Arts, Arielle Taylor from Porter Ridge High School, Drew Goins and Jay Poppino from Weddington High represented Union County.
“The intent [of the Broadway Experience] is to affirm the students in their artistic potential, engage them in numerous aspects of Broadway production and inform them of opportunities available in and through the performing arts,” Blumenthal’s Director of Education, Ralph Beck said.
Of these 12 students, the Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship Committee will award two students a $10,000 college scholarship each, both funded by the Doctor Foundation.
The students flew to New York March 25, before settling in to see the musical “Wonderland” at the Marquis Theatre. Then March 26, the group explored Central Park, toured Radio City Music Hall and watched a performance of “War Horse” at Lincoln Center.