A British Backstage Pass

Tours of the Globe and the National Theatres, acting workshops with a professional director, tickets to a different show every night, and a little time to tour the city and its sights –Middlesex’s 2012 trip to London includes all of these experiences during the first week of March break. It’s an incredible opportunity that is chaperoned every other year by Theatre Director Tom Kane and Director of Financial Aid Erika Prahl. This year, 15 Middlesex students are enjoying the chance to explore the world of British theatre from all angles – backstage, on stage, and from the audience.

Using London as their base – and studio space at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) for acting workshops – Middlesex thespians are also scheduled to visit Charterhouse in Surrey for an additional workshop and that school’s performance of the classic British farce Mr. Quigley’s Revenge. A trip to Oxford and Stratford rounds out the ambitious itinerary, which ends with catching two acclaimed shows at the National Theatre before heading home to Boston.

Middlesex students tour the Globe with Director Nick Hutchison

When asked what he’s most looking forward to, Tom said, “It is going to be a real thrill to have the kids work with Mary Mallen ’07, who I took on this trip as a student just six years ago.  Since then, Mary has completed her undergraduate degree in acting at RADA, and this year, she performed in Conor McPherson’s The Veil at the National Theatre.  She’s going to be able to give us a firsthand sense of what it is like to be making a life in the theatre in London.”

From Buckingham Palace to Hoxton Hall to Shakespeare’s birthplace, the group will see and absorb a great selection of historic places in just eight days of travel. Perhaps like Mary, a few of this year’s participants will be similarly inspired to pursue theatrical careers.

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