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Performing Arts students rewarded with annual end of year trip

07 June 2019

Students, instructors, and sponsors of the Pratt Community College Performing Arts department packed up their bags, loaded up the vans, and departed for their annual end of the school year trip to Tennessee and surrounding areas. This year marked the seventh year the department has offered this entertaining and fun week filled with what they love most – music and performing.

Eleven students, as well as various staff and sponsors, began their journey after graduation on May 10th, making it all the way to Columbia, MO before stopping for the night. The next evening, they arrived in Pigeon Forge, TN, where the next few days consisted of snow tubing, shopping, and exploring the popular theme park, Dollywood. Encore! students had the opportunity to perform as the opening act for a Mother’s Day crowd at the Country Tonite Theater as well as a full concert at the Island at Pigeon Forge later in the week.

“The performance venues that the students perform in on the trip provide great opportunities to perform in a different (and much larger) venue than they are used to,” said Misty Beck, PCC Instructor. “There are fun activities involved in the trip as well.”

The group also traveled to Gatlinburg, TN, where they were able to enjoy Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, swimming, and of course, the Smoky Mountain National Park. After leaving the Pigeon Forge and Galinburg area, students and sponsors enjoyed dinner and live music at King’s Palace on Beale Street in Memphis before traveling to Eureka Springs, AR. There, they were able to enjoy the Turpentine Creek Big Cat Refuge, explore the city, and most of the group capped off the night with a one of the area’s haunting ghost tours. The crew returned to Pratt on May 19 full of souvenirs and memories to last a lifetime.

“The annual trip is a highlight for the performing arts students,” said Misty Beck, PCC instructor. “These students are very dedicated to community service and representing the college throughout the year and the end of the year trip rewards them for their hard work. The students fundraise for the trip they work hard to earn it in more ways than one.”

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 Alice in Wonderland, Jr. in June. For more information about the Performing Arts Department, please contact Misty Beck at mistyb@prattcc.edu.