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PCC Performing Arts group takes annual end of year trip

31 May 2018

Instructors, students and supporters of the Pratt Community College Performing Arts department took their annual end-of-year trip as the school year came to an end. This is the sixth year the department has organized this trip for students to Tennessee and surrounding areas for a week of music, entertainment and fun.

Eleven students traveled from Pratt to Missouri and on to Tennessee making different stops along the way and doing what they do best, performing. The group of students and adults began their trip on May 12 driving from Pratt to St. Louis, Mo. where they continued the tradition of sight-seeing along the way including the St. Louis Zoo.

The Tennessee trip continued with stops in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Memphis where they combined sight-seeing with live performances at tourist spots.
PCC sophomore, Kwanza Jones, who graduated in said this trip holds a special place in her heart as this is the last time she will get to go with this group.

“This year the trip for me was very bittersweet,” said Jones. “I got to see a lot of familiar faces and welcoming hugs! A lot of smiles and a few tears on the way home.”

The group visited the popular Dollywood theme park to soak up some Blue Grass musical entertainment as well as a variety of other genres where they performed for guests at the park and played a “selfie” scavenger hunt throughout the park snapping photos of popular attractions and people.

They also performed at the popular Country Tonite Show in Pigeon Forge on stage as the opening act.

“The Country tonight show was absolutely amazing this year,” said Jones. “Opening for them is always such an honor.”

The PCC performing arts department organizes this annual trip with help from staff, faculty and the Pratt Community.

“We are so grateful to all of the wonderful individuals and businesses who have helped us this year by coming to our shows, participating in our fundraisers, sponsoring shirts and supporting us through your positive thoughts and encouragement,” said Misty Beck, PCC instructor.

The Performing Arts Department at Pratt Community College performs a variety of shows and musicals throughout the year that students and community members participate in. During the summer the department organizes a Kids’ Music Theatre Camp for community children who put on a musical at the end of the camp. This year Kids’ Camp will be performing Suesical Jr. in June. For more information about the Performing Arts Department, please contact Misty Beck at mistyb@prattcc.edu.