Poston Junior High School’s choir, band and orchestra recently returned from a field trip to the “happiest place on earth.” Even though sleep was limited, travel time was lengthy and churros constituted as some meals, the roughly 200 students agreed with the Disneyland slogan.
Upon arrival, half of the students attended the Disney Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the others went to the Broadway musical, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at Hollywood Pantages Theatre.
“It was like a huge party that helped us learn,” said Joseph Marriott, a seventh grade cellist. “Basically, we got to see a really good orchestra play and hang out with friends the whole time without going to school.”
Seventh grade choir member, Grace Davis, agreed.
“I really liked it,” she said. “The sets of the musical were really cool and the way they portrayed the characters was really interesting. It made me more interested in theater and musicals. It deepened my enthusiasm for it.”
Marriott attended the symphony. “It motivated me to play more. It showed me you can be a whole lot better than you are. When you are starting out, you don’t even know how well the instrument can be played.”
Eighth grade bassist Gordon Badgett said the symphony was beneficial because it allowed the students to get a taste of music they wouldn’t normally listen to.
Exploring Disneyland the next day was the cherry on top. Small chaperoned groups wearing matching school colored T-shirts could be spotted hopping from Disneyland to California Adventure on their own.
“Being able to go on different rides with different friends all day was my favorite part,” Davis said.