The Blueprint Specials
On Wednesday, 01/11/17, Mr. Cornell, Mr. D’Amato, Ms. Weinstein and Mr. Bruno accompanied a group of WHSAD juniors to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum at Pier 86 in Manhattan. The Intrepid is an American military and maritime history museum with a collection of ships, aircraft and related artifacts. To learn more about the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, please click here.
While at the museum, students were treated to tours and performances educating the students about the ships and aircraft and the various action these vehicles have seen throughout United States history. The performances that were put on for the students were actual recreations of Blueprint Specials, which were the same performances that soldiers enjoyed while they were stationed on the Intrepid. WHSAD students were invited by the museum so that they could look at the actual blueprints of the stages and shows that were designed by the USO during World War II.
The following is a report on the field trip as written by WHSAD 11th grader, Adrian Sterling.
by Adrian Sterling
“The Intrepid Museum was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The tour we had was entertaining and informative, and had a good length to it so you don’t feel like you are trapped in a large steel box floating in the water for hours. The exhibits were captivating and it left me in a state of awe, wondering what it was like in a time long past. As I walked from big open spaces to tight corridors, I felt like I was part of the crew making my way from one side of the behemoth to the other. Throughout the twists and turns, I was kept on my toes by the tour guide capturing my attention with fascinating information about life on the Intrepid. Once the tour was over, I was met with a dimly lit room and chairs in front of a stage. I sat down and eagerly waited for the event to start. A man stepped on stage and gave the crowd a little summary on the history on the play, and asked questions to keep the crowd engaged. Once the gentleman was done speaking and the lights came off, the play started. Throughout the entire play, I had a grin from ear to ear. The play depicted what might have been going through the minds of individuals during the time, while seamlessly incorporating jokes that had everyone in the room laughing. The play was truly a work of art and it gave me a feeling of appreciation for the actors in the play and for my country as well.”