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CCHS Chorus performs in the Big Apple

Members of the CCHS Chorus performed at Radio City Music Hall before the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular. Photo submitted

Colleton County High School Choral Director Stephanie Drawdy recently took 22 members of the chorus, along with their chaperones, on a five-day trip to New York City. The trip for the students was a learning field trip, which featured performances at the Church of Ascension and Radio City Music Hall.
The group traveled from Charleston International Airport to JFK on Thursday, December 3. Staying just two blocks from Times Square, there were plenty of opportunities for exploring and sight-seeing along Fifth Avenue and at the Top of the Rock. On Day two, the group toured the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. For many of the adults in the group who watched the events of September 11, 2001 unfold, this was a highlight of the trip, said Drawdy. They enjoyed China Town before attending a performance of “The Color Purple” at Jacob’s Theater.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was on day three’s agenda. The group would then rehearse, in preparation for their performance during Mass at the Church of the Ascension. Later in the evening, they would ice skate at Rockefeller Center.
A backstage tour of Radio City Music Hall was planned for the group on Sunday morning, followed by the trip’s main event: a 7:10 performance at the “Showplace of the Nation,” prior to the Rockettes “Christmas Spectacular.”
On Monday, they would have the opportunity for a little last-minute shopping in Times Square and Macy’s before heading to JFK and the return trip home. “I am so fortunate to teach an amazing group of students,” said Drawdy, who is in her 30th year of leading the chorus at CCHS. “We had a wonderful trip learning and performing in New York City. None of the students remembered 9/11, so the trip to the memorial and museum brought it home to them.
“For the students to be able to sing at the Church of the Ascension was moving,” she said. “Groups and soloists come from all over the world to sing and record in the church where the acoustics are phenomenal. The students experienced Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo singing on stage in the Broadway production of ‘The Color Purple,’ where our own Buist Bickley was the prop design manager. Of course the highlight of the trip was performing before the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall,” said Drawdy.

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