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Broadway broadens Willetton horizons
Willetton High School students in Times Square. Picture: Trevor Collens

New York's bustling Times Square is a long way from the quiet cul-de-sacs and green lawns of Willetton.

But for 17 dance and drama students, the journey could provide the spark to ignite careers in the entertainment industry.

The excited group of Year 11 and 12 students from Willetton Senior High School spent their Easter holidays sightseeing, watching live performances and taking part in workshops on Broadway.

In the workshops, which were run by professional actors and dancers, the students were introduced to the training process of a Broadway performer, starting with physical and vocal warm-ups.

They also recreated a rehearsal from a Broadway show, learning some of the dance moves, staging and music.

Teacher Ina Boxshall, who accompanied the group, said Willetton had taken students who studied dance or drama on tours to Melbourne or Sydney every second year for the past seven years.

This was the first year the school had taken students to New York.

The group took in sights such as Central Park, the World Trade Center memorial and the Statue of Liberty during their 10-day visit.

The West Australian

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