England Trip - Spring 2001
The first annual Department of English and Fine Arts trip to England took place during the week of Spring Furlough, 2001.
The Barbican is a residential complex for the arts that includes the London venue
for the Royal Shakespeare Company. On the final night of the trip, the group
dressed in their finery and attended a performance of Shakespeare's Henry V.
Front Row: Rob Hedglen (standing), Kyle Kramer, Ruth Jun
Second Row: Prof. Emmitt (behind Rob), Justin Harber, Vance Eaton, Kendra Russell, Michelle Carrillo
Third Row: Eric Gannon, Eric Ham, Curtis Nieboer, Karen Wheeler
Fourth Row: Alex Haseley, Guy Workman, Prof. Crump
Back Row: Jason Mounts, Eric Poole
Faculty who accompanied them were Profs. Alan Baragona, Helen Emmitt, and Ian Crump.
Cadets saw three plays, Noel Coward's vintage 1930s comedy Fallen Angels, Yasmina Reza's contemporary Art, and Shakespeare's Henry V performed at the Barbican Theatre by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In London, the entire group toured the Globe Theatre, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London and saw the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Individuals and smaller groups also toured the Museum of London, the National Gallery of Art, the Tate Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, the Church of St. Giles, Cripplegate (Milton's burial place), and various other museums and landmarks. Jason Mounts and Prof. Baragona made a pilgrimage to Abbey Road, and Prof. Baragona went on his own quest to find the original site of the Tabard Inn of Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims (it wasn't easy).
The group also took two day-trips, one to Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle and another to Canterbury, Leeds Castle, and Dover Beach. Stratford, of course, was the starting point for William Shakespeare, and Canterbury Cathedral, the ending point for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, but the other sites have literary connections, as well. Warwick Castle was the home place of the feudal lord of Sir Thomas Malory, author of the 15th-century Le Morte D'Arthur, and Dover Beach is the setting of Matthew Arnold's famous poem by the same name. Leeds Castle was the place where Henry V brought Catherine of Valois back from France (for which see the final scenes of Shakespeare's Henry V).