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Valhalla High Class Sees Spanish-Language Play In NYC

Valhalla High School students visited Manhattan to learn more about Spanish language, culture and heritage. Photo Credit: Richard O'Riley
The students in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Richard O'Riley

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Several Valhalla High School students visited Manhattan to learn more about Spanish language, culture and heritage.

World language department instructors Richard O'Riley and Roxanne Franquelli-Beras led a group of college-level Spanish students to the Repertorio Espanol on East 27th Street to view the production "La Gringa" on Tuesday.

The play deals with the theme of a young woman of Puerto Rican heritage raised in the Bronx, who travels to Puerto Rico in order to discover her roots. Despite an apparent identity crisis and family drama, Maria, the main character, successfully adapts to the new environment and solidifies her dual identity as both American and Puerto Rican.

Following the play, students had the opportunity to practice their Spanish skills at a Cuban restaurant and sample savory Caribbean fare.

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