After more than a year of planning and raising money, Hillside High School’s much vaunted “One Voice Acting Troupe” is heading to Cuba on Saturday to take part in a much-anticipated cultural exchange over spring break. | The Herald Sun — APril 6, 2017 –DURHAM —
Eight members of the acting troupe, six chaperones and trip organizer Cressie Thigpen will depart Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 7:15 a.m., and after a brief stopover in Miami, arrive in Havana around noon.
Thigpen, a retired judge and former N.C. Central University law professor, has been organizing trips to Cuba since 2015 through his travel agency New Perspective Travel.
He said soon after arriving in Havana on Saturday, the group will visit the studio of the classical dance group “Compania Danza Combinatoria, take a walking tour of Old Havana and dine in Cuban restaurants.
“They’re going to be hit right away with the sounds, sights and smells of Cuba,” Thigpen said.
Also, while in Havana, the acting troupe will see a performance by the Afro-Cuban folk group, “Vocal Baobab.”
“It’ll give them a good contrast between the classical dance experience in Cuba and the Afro-Cuban cultural dance experience,” Thigpen said.
The group will depart Havana April 10 to travel to Matanzas where they will engage in cultural exchange with Cuban students and give a performance.
From Mantazas, the group will travel to Varadero on April 12 to tour the city’s cultural sights and to enjoy some leisure time before heading back to Havana to return home on April 14.