Chatham High School students in Spanish IV and V were granted the opportunity to attend a Spanish-language immersion field trip to New York City on February 15. These upper-level Spanish students took a bus to the Repertorio Español, a Hispanic-American theatre, to see “La Canción.” They arrived early and were able to sit in the first two rows of the theatre. The two-hour-long performance in Spanish contained musical genres from Rap to tropical tunes like Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. “I loved being so close to the stage and hearing the diverse Spanish accents and variety of music genres,” student Madeline Powers said. “The singing and dancing was incredible. The actors really put a lot of heart into their roles, and it is very memorable.”
Following the show, the group enjoyed authentic Cuban cuisine at Havana Central restaurant. The wait staff spoke Spanish and encouraged students to step outside of their comfort zones. Their lunch included empanadas mixtas, arroz con pollo, sándwich clásico cubano, sándwich cubano de pavo ahumado, patatas dulces fritas, and churros con caramelo y chocolate. “It was exciting to be able to order and speak in Spanish at the restaurant. The food was very unique and it was nice to be able to try new things from another culture,” said Jenna Skype. Cora-lena Aladin-Williams added that, “the restaurant was a part of the trip where we had the most fun. We were sitting at the table trying to figure out how to order in the best way possible and it was a lot of fun.”
This project was supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.