Community on the Go takes travelers on tour of New York City art, theater and culture

New York City, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Southern Utah University, St. George News/Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — An upcoming opportunity offered by Southern Utah University this November will allow participants to explore New York City while traveling with local experts and learn more about The Big Apple without worrying about travel and room arrangements, getting tickets to popular plays or figuring out the subway system.

SUU’s Community on the Go program will guide travelers through New York City this fall with behind-the-scenes tours, theater performances, culture, food and fun. Trip participants will enjoy private tours in art museums, three Broadway performances and tours of historical sites in Manhattan.

The Statue of Liberty with One World Trade Center in background, New York City, New York, date not specified | Photo by Spyarm, iStock/Getty Images Plus

Jessica Farling, director for Southern Utah Museum of Art, will lead tours of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the NYC Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art during the trip.

“We want people traveling from our southern Utah communities to have a unique experience in New York by showing them another side to art museums,” Farling said. “The trip to The Met will be special because we will have a private tour led by Museum Hack, a group that is truly dynamic, unusual and fun.”

Jeb Branin, executive director of experiential learning at SUU, has served as a leader on many student and community trips to London, promoting world-class theater experiences. He said this type of trip in the U.S. has always been a dream.

“My trips are theatre-based — so it made sense to add a New York trip that involved Broadway,” Branin said. “Without question, Broadway and the West End are home to the world’s best English-speaking theatre.”

New York travelers will follow Branin, a professor of theater for 25 years, as he guides them through three plays during the trip, including “Dear Evan Hansen,” which won five Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2017; “Come From Away,” which was nominated for seven Tony Awards; and “Kinky Boots,” Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit with music and lyrics from Cyndi Lauper.

For those who have never been to New York, visits to traditional sites like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square and other historical sites are planned as well.

Community on the Go’s trip themed “The Big Apple Tour for Art and Theatre Lovers” is slated for Nov. 4-10. Other trips in 2018 include an October trip to Transylvania, Romania and Hungary taking travelers through the history of Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula” while touring historical villas and hamlets, thermal bathhouses and forests. And for the romantic in all of us, a December trip themed “Christmas in the Alps” will take participants through historical sites and castles of Germany and Austria during the holiday season.

For more information about SUU Community on the Go trips, or to reserve your spot with a deposit, visit its website, call 435-865-8031 or stop by the office at 136 W. University Blvd, Suite 003, Cedar City.

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