Today was our last full day in NYC as we leave for the airport at 10am tomorrow.
FIlm, TV and New Media
By Freya Dean
This morning we visited the NBC Studios and had a tour of the facilities and learnt the history of NBC. We were able to see the set of NBC News and the Saturday Night Live set. We were able to go into Jimmy Fallon’s Studio and created our own Late Night Show. We also saw the studio where the Muppets was originally filmed and saw some decorated pipes which were painted by the Muppets staff. Sadly we didn’t get to see Jimmy Fallon or anyone famous but it was exciting to see the behind the scenes workings of TV shows!
By Alex Gibson
This morning we went to a Lee Strandberg Method Acting workshop. During this workshop we learnt to reconnect with our younger selves and explore difficult emotions. Most people shed a tear or two, but it was a valuable learning experience. Actors often use this technique to immerse themselves in an experience, before they need to play that character.
This morning the visual art students stopped by the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) gift shop as MoMA is currently closed as it is undergoing major renovations. Next we stopped by St Patrick’s Cathedral, an iconic landmark on 5th Ave. The amazing architecture was stunning, including a beautiful rose stained glass window.
Today we were to meet with the Australian Ambassador – Mission to the United Nation, Gillian Bird, but she was called away to an emergency security meeting. Fortunately the Assistant Secretary, Natalie, was able to talk to us about the role of the UN and Australia’s role at the UN. She also shared with us her career path and how she ended up working at the UN. Natalie was so friendly and we were so excited to meet with her. Next stop was a visit to the UN.
United Nations Headquarters
This afternoon we had a tour of the UN Headquarters in NY. Our tour visited the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber and the Economic and Social Council Chamber. We also learnt about how the UN addresses issues such as disarmament, peace and security, human rights and how we can support the Sustainable Development Goals. It was an amazing experience.
Apollo Amateur Theatre Night
By Lucy Phillpott and Freya Backstrom
Tonight we took the subway all the way up to Harlem to the Apollo Theatre. Every Wednesday night is amateur night, where talented people from all over America compete for a spot in the finals in November. Many stars have been discovered by appearing at the Apollo Theatre. Tonight there were two categories- aged 5-17 years old with a $5000 prize and an open category with $20 000 prize money for the first 3 winners.
There was lots of audience participation as you could boo off the stage the adult competitors, but not the children. The final vote was calculated by how loud the audience cheered for each competitor by measuring the noise on a decibel meter. During interval, the stage turned I to a dance floor where you could go dance. It was the best night and a great way to celebrate our last night in NY!