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Connecting with Fine Arts friends and alumni in New York

Jane Lynch at Annie

Backstage of the Palace Theatre on Broadway after a performance of Annie, featuring Illinois State University alumna Jane Lynch ’84 as Miss Hannigan. From left: Professor Emeritus Calvin Pritner, Evamarii Johnson, Jane Lynch, Professor Sandi Zielinski, Assistant Dean Pete Guither.

Each year, the College of Fine Arts and Friends of the Arts host a very special New York Theatre Trip in June–mostly for retired university and community members who are also supporters of the arts at Illinois State University. They go for seven days and see six shows as a group, along with taking walking tours of the city, hosted by Assistant Dean Pete Guither. This year, Associate Dean John Walker and Professor Sandi Zielinski were additional hosts. The trip also gives the College of Fine Arts the opportunity to connect with lots of Fine Arts alumni.

Ray Roderick

College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame recipient Ray Roderick ’80 with Sandi Zielinski and members of the group after seeing a performance of Pippin.

This year’s trip was June 3–10. On the group’s Monday arrival, there was a Fine Arts alumni reception at O’Flaherty’s, with a chance to mingle, eat, and drink. Following that reception, there was a special treat. Two Fine Arts alums—Anthony Wills Jr. and Christopher Dea—met for the first time at the previous alumni gathering in New York. At that time, they realized that they had common interests and co-directed a cabaret show (The Piano is Drinking, not Me) that premiered at Don’t Tell Mama’s immediately following this alumni gathering.

 

Pete Guither with Christen Sindelar ('00) and Christopher Dea.

Pete Guither with Christen Sindelar ’00 and Christopher Dea.

Eric Aviles ('96) and Sandi Zielinski

Eric Aviles ’96 and Sandi Zielinski

Suzzanne Douglas and Cal Pritner

Suzzanne Douglas and Cal Pritner

Taylor Oxley ('13) and Anthony Wills, Jr

Taylor Oxley ’13 and Anthony Wills Jr.

This year, 93 people went on the College of Fine Arts New York Theatre Trip.  Here's a portion of them during a walking tour of Central Park.

This year, 93 people went on the College of Fine Arts New York Theatre Trip. Here’s a portion of them during a walking tour of Central Park.

 

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Wish we could have been there. Love getting the pictures and comments.