Theatre group to host sightseeing tour of London

Release Date: October 28, 2009

PLAINVIEW – If you’re hankering to see the sights in London, England, with a special interest in the professional theatre scene, the Wayland Baptist University theatre group has the trip for you.

Dr. Marti Runnels, theatre director, is organizing a trip for March 15-21, 2010, to London with an emphasis on catching several theatre productions in the city known for its performances.

“New York really isn’t the center for great theatre anymore; it’s London,” Runnels said. “That’s where we’re going to spend our dollars and our focus.”

In addition to seeing a few shows while in England, Runnels said he will lead the group to a variety of attractions in the famed city and build in plenty of free time for folks to see other items of interest or pick up additional theatre shows if they wish. He is currently in the process of scheduling the shows to be seen, noting that most will be familiar to people and at least one musical will be included in the trip.

“I have been to London several times and know where all the sites are that people want to see and the things that are tourist traps to stay away from,” Runnels noted. “But the focus of the trip is the theatre shows. We’re expecting several students to go and experience the performances there.”

Runnels noted that the productions scheduled during the trip will be included in the tour price, which will be approximately $2,000, based on room occupancy. The cost will also include airfare, hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, with participants responsible for the cost of lunch each day, souvenirs and tours or plays not on the original agenda.

He also noted that he will be choosing a clean and comfortable hotel but not a luxurious one in order to focus trip dollars toward the theatre productions and sightseeing.

A deposit of $500 will be required by Dec. 1 for anyone wishing to participate. The deposit is nonrefundable unless the trip does not make for some reason. Runnels said at least 10 people will have to participate in order for the trip to continue as planned.

He requested that persons placing a deposit detail their requests for hotel arrangements in order to figure final costs. Those wanting to only share a room with a spouse or willing to share with additional participants should note that when making the deposit.

“We’re going to see some great things you may never see again in your lifetime,” Runnels noted. “This will be a simple, enjoyable vacation.”

For more information on the trip, contact the School of Fine Arts at (806) 291-1060.