There is a big difference between hearing Placido Domingo sing live rather than through a recording. The Sterling College students who took musical theatre for their January interterm class had that opportunity-and many others-when they spent a week in New York City. "The students returned with an increased appreciation for the skills needed to be a professional in the theatre and for the great ‘machine' for musical theatre that is New York City," said Theatre Department Chair Gordon Kling.
Theatre Professor Diane DeFranco-Kling taught the class and planned the group itinerary for the trip. The students toured backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, where they saw Placido Domingo in rehearsal with James Levine and toured the scene and costume shops, rehearsal and dressing rooms, and the great hall. They were also able to watch as the enormous turntable sets for "Carmen" were installed. Later that evening they attended the show. As a group the students also went to the shows "West Side Story," "Wicked," and "Finian's Rainbow." They toured Radio City Music Hall and got a close look at its stage machinery. "This trip was quite educational and informational," said DeFranco-Kling. Students also had to attend other shows of their ch