Professor offers trip to London

Theatre patrons will have the opportunity to watch SHSU actors perform in an outdoor park in London, as well as tour the city and travel with the actors, with a trip being organized by assistant professor of theatre Ron Song Destro.

The group will explore the city May 21-28, 2008, and watch the students perform a Shakespearean comedy in an outdoor park as a learning experience, according to Destro.

“I myself studied acting in London and have always been a huge advocate of students learning the ‘British’ approach to doing theatre in addition to our own ‘methods,'” Destro said. “I’m also a big advocate for travel as a great educational tool.”

Destro has been working on a study-abroad plan for SHSU actors to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, considered the best of its kind in the world.

“Until that program gets initiated, if it ever does, I thought the second-best plan would be to take a group of our talented students to London to show the Brits how good American students are at doing the Bard, and also to give our kids a chance to ‘tread the boards’ of a London stage,” he said.

“It will enhance their education and their rsums.”

The cost of the trip, open to both members of the Huntsville and university communities, will be between $1746 and $1805, depending on the number of travelers who participate, and includes round trip airfare, a double occupancy room at a three-star, centrally-located hotel in London, breakfasts, and transportation to and from the London airport and the hotel, Destro said.

The sign-up deadline is Nov. 1, and there is no limit to the number of travelers who wish to participate.

For more information, contact Destro at (936) 294-1338.

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