Center Stage: Glee Club Spring Break Tour, Day 6
Sophomores Jordan Friend, Mitch Esposito, YeChan Lim, and Austin Rauschuber wait to board the ferry to Alcatraz.
A group of guys shows off their ferry tickets.
Juniors Matt Mugumya, Robby Hawkins, Ryan Smith, Brandt Smith, and Freshman Ryan Gurreri pose in the ticket line.
Aboard the ferry, Junior Matt Mugumya, Freshmen Aaron Corbett and Ryan Gurreri, and Juniors Brandt Smith and Robby Hawkins smile in front of the San Francisco skyline.
The ferry ride includes some great views of the bay. Here the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz can be seen.
The group is dropped off at the dock for an orientation before taking tours.
Junior Jake Burris and Senior Jay Josephson eagerly wait to tour the island.
On the island, self-guided audio tours explain the history and operations of the prison.
Senior Joel Sampson and Junior Jake Burris pose with former Alcatraz inmate William Baker. Mr. Baker is on the island to sign copies of his memoir.
Junior Austin Welch experiences life “behind bars.”
Senior Andrew James catches, as Junior Austin Welch pitches the “ball” to Junior Jake Shapiro. This imaginary game of baseball is held in the prison exercise yard.
Junior Peter King and Senior Janna Ahrndt smile with their lunch.
. After the tour of Alcatraz, the guys eat lunch and watch street performers at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
Next up is a performance at Palo Alto United Methodist Church.
The gentlemen of the properties committee help to set the stage for the performance.
The beautiful PAUMC includes unique stained glass, and has a unique feature: there is almost no symmetry in the design of the building. With slight variations in angles from surface to surface, there are few parallel lines.
The Lighthouse specialty is first up to sound check.
Next, Flashbacks gets warmed up.
Senior Nick Miller of the Ba Na Na specialty takes the lead on the next mic check.
Ba Na Na practices choreography for their performance.
As the last specialty finishes warming up, the guys get ready to get set.
The gentlemen of the Glee Club get into positions on stage for a great show.
Members of the RRLT (Rehearsal Room, Lounge, and Transportation) committee make sure that everyone gets enough dinner before the show.
Daily Student Perspective: Austin Welch
Greetings from sunny San Francisco! Today, we left our hotel around 9:00 and we headed into the city. We arrived at Pier 33 and took a boat out to Alcatraz Island. We docked at the island and had a few hours to roam around. Many of us used this time to take an audio tour of the prison. We learned a great deal of history about the prison, as well as some of the notorious men who stayed there. After the tour, we took the boat back to the city and had time to walk around. After a few hours of free time, we met back at Pier 33 and boarded the bus to head for Palo Alto. We arrived at Palo Alto United Methodist Church around 5:00 and quickly got to work setting up for our show. At 8:00, we had our first full 90 minute show of the week. The show was full of energy, and it was a great way to end an amazing week!