The Continuing Education department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has organized the “New York City Theater and Culture”, this trip gives the attendees an unforgettable experience of New York and Broadway trip to those who have always dreamed of it. Each year the trip provides a range of Broadway shows, sightseeing attractions and a take home experience.
There are three trip coordinators Patricia Kluetz, Jennifer Hess and Anne Rogalski.
Kluetz is one of the two founders of the trip and a former interior architecture professor at UWSP. Rogalski is the outreach manager for the College of Fine Arts and Communication at UWSP and the main contact for the trip.
“Each of us bring something different, and this allows for us to branch off unto different directions based on the groups interests,” Hess, outreach program manager for the College of Professional Studies, said.
The New York City Theater and Culture trip takes place twice a year, May 29 to June 2 during the spring semester, and September 25 through 29 during the fall semester. The trip’s total cost is $2500, which includes the $300 registration fee. This highly anticipated trip has filled its occupancy in less than twenty-four hours of opening registration.
Included in the $2500 total for the trip is a round trip flight from Milwaukee to New York; coach bus transfers between Stevens Point and Milwaukee; coach bus transfers from the airports to the hotels; four nights with a full breakfast at the Hampton Inn–Time Square with its closeness to Times Square, Broadway and the subway line; Four Broadway shows; and a custom city tour followed by a group lunch.
Broadway shows are coordinated in advance, based on Tony Award nominees and winners.
Shows in the past gotten canceled due to vendors being undercut. Despite that, the shows that past groups have attended came with many opportunities. To name a few, earlier groups have gotten to speak with theater managers, technical directors and actress Jessie Mueller.
Rogalski said “Pat was able to secure an opportunity for us to meet and have lunch with Laura Osnes, distinguished UWSP alumni and Tony award winner.”
Some of the shows that earlier trips have seen are “Fun Home,” “The Band’s Visit,” “Junk,” “Kinky Boots,” “Once,” “Come from Away,” “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Humans.”
Past tours have experienced the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge walk, 9/11 Memorial, the Tenement Museum, architectural boat cruises and more.
The New York tours are put together each year to show a different side of network “the group all new things, even for the people who have been on multiple trips,” Kleutz said.
With the evolving nature of New York and Broadway, the trip is able to offer new experiences and emotions for all, even those who have already visited the Big Apple.
Questions about the trip can be directed to Rogalski via email at email@example.com or by phone at 715-346-3838.