The deadline to register for the annual New York theatre trip, sponsored by The University of Texas-Pan American University Theatre, is Nov. 1.
The March 14-18 trip includes orchestra seats for "Aida" and a new musical opening this season. The third show will be a new Broadway non-musical play, and the fourth production will be either a new Broadway straight play or an off-Broadway hit.
"So many good shows are opening, we want to be able to pick those that are the most interesting to our group members," said Dr. Marian Monta, director of the University Theatre and trip coordinator.
This year, attendees will stay at the Edison Hotel , a small first-class hotel on Broadway and 47th Street. The group also is scheduled to visit with a Broadway professional, take backstage tours of Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, and go on other optional trips to famous New York City landmarks.
Total cost is $1,700, which includes airfare, airport transfers, baggage handling, hotel and taxes, play tickets, tours and tips. A $400 deposit - preferably by check made payable to Alpha Psi Omega - must be received by the Nov. 1 deadline to assure lower airfare rates.
Cost savings are being provided through a joint tour of some events with Texas Tech University. Linda Donahue, formerly of the UTPA University Theatre, is leading the Lubbock university group.
The trip cut-off date is based on reaching the tour maximum of 44 people. If spaces remain past Nov. 1, deposits can be sent in until Dec. 15. However, the package price will be higher, and play availability is not guaranteed.
Reservations after Dec. 15 will be on a stand-by basis, as the only spaces available will be from cancellations.
Although the main group leaves from McAllen, arrangements can be made to accommodate those planning to join the group in New York from another U.S. city.
For additional information, call Monta at 956/383-6387.