Theatre appreciation to take on New York City for 2015 May term course

by  Victoria Cortez – Horizon Staff Reporter

Students will discover the world of New York theater in a three week, May term course next year. The three-credit hour course will teach the elements of theater, both on and off stage.

After two weeks of on campus course work on theater history, reading plays, and exploring the various elements of theater, Theatre Appreciation will spend five days in New York City.

“No acting will be required in this course but we will play some fun theater games!” said Laura Kraybill, the course instructor.

Time Square, NYC Source:
Time Square, NYC

In addition to watching multiple Broadway shows, students will receive backstage tours of theaters, meet actors and explore the downtown sights of NYC.

As part of the course, students will reflect through journal entries and projects based on what they learned and through their experience.

Hesston’s former Director of Theatre, Arlo Kasper, will co-lead the course. Kasper’s daughter, the Broadway-star Rachel De Benedet, will coordinate actor meetings for the group.

In addition to the cost of the credit hours, and a textbook, this five day trip will cost $1250. This covers all elements of the trip including, lodging, shows, transportation, tours and tours.

For more information on cost for room and board of the May-term course, contact the Hesston College Registrar, Brent Yoder at For more information on the course, talk to your adviser or contact Director of Theatre, Laura Kraybill at


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