Taking a bite of the Big Apple

Choir students get to learn on Broadway


Sophomore Madison Imel (far left) performs with the choir during an after school practice. Imel is one of approximately 50 students who will go to New York City with the choir in April.

Most performers dream about the bright lights of Broadway.

For a group of Ben Davis singers, that dream will become reality in late April.

That is when a group of approximately 50 choir students will be boarding  charter buses and heading to New York City for three days. The students are excited about this experience. For some, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Many of us would love to go far in our musical careers and this will be a great learning experience for all of us,” sophomore Madison Imel said.

The choir students are planning to have a class and perform with the cast of Aladdin on Broadway. This is what most performers only dream about.

“I have a few contacts in New York City that are performers,” choir director Hersel Cremeans said. “They were able to get me in touch with the producers of Aladdin. From there it was just a matter of reserving a performance hall, and booking the time. As a reward for the students efforts they will get to be a part of a special ending to the musical.”

The trip is in late April and students have been busy raising funds for the four-day trip, which will also include some of the sights of the Big Apple.

“We will get to tour Ellis Island, do a harbor dinner cruise, visit other historic landmarks, see another Broadway show (we are hoping Lion King), and of course shopping,” Cremeans said.

Cremeans says he’s most excited about “seeing Aladdin and watching my kids experience what some professional performers can only dream about doing.”

He isn’t the only one excited about the trip.

“During our trip in New York, I am most excited about sight seeing. We get to go places such as the 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and many more,” Imel said.

She also points out how this can help them with future careers and the educational importance of the trip.

“This trip is very educational for show choir kids because we get to take a workshop with cast members from the Broadway show of Aladdin and the directors,” Imel said. “Also, we have the opportunity to perform with them at the end of the week during one of their shows. This is incredible.”