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‘Wicked’ cool moment highlights Rodgers Center study trip to D.C.

July 11, 2011

The Chapman delegation enjoying a special tour of The Kennedy Center were (l-r) Dana Hollander, Sonali Toppur, Katy Brannigan, Napoleon Gladney ‘08, Dr. Marilyn Harran, Natalie Larson, Victoria Moyzis and Courtney Widerman.

The annual study trip to Washington, D.C., presented to prize winners in Chapman University’s Rodgers Center Holocaust Art and Writing Contest, is always full of special tours, meetings with dignitaries and unique experiences.

But this year’s group enjoyed a particularly special “Chapman moment” on the last night of the capitol tour when a trip to see a musical ended with a backstage tour and meeting with the two leads in the show, arranged by an alumnus who is a member of the cast.

Thanks to generous supporters, the students were treated to a performance of Wicked at The Kennedy Center. A student noticed in the program that one of the show’s performers, Napoleon Gladney ‘08, was a Chapman alumnus. As luck would have it, Gladney was also a former student of Marilyn Harran, Ph.D., the founding director of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, and leader of the annual student trip. A message was sent backstage and a post-curtain meeting was set.

The art and writing contest for middle and high school students is co-sponsored by The “1939” ClubPanther Productions accompanied the group this year and is producing an upcoming documentary on the program. Stay tuned!

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 19, 2011 12:34 pm

    It’s good to see all the wonderful happenings at Chapman!

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