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Jun 28
MCC extending invitation to attend 2017 London theater trip

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McCook Community College is inviting anybody interested in theater to join them on the May 2017 theater trip to London to be led by a Stratton native.

While dates and times are not finalized, MCC’s “Not Your Average Theater Group” is tentatively planning to arrive in London around May 14, 2017

The group’s tour guide is 1979 Stratton High School graduate Steven Hardy. He will be in McCook July 3 to lead an informational meeting for anyone who might be interested in attending. That meeting is set for 3 p.m. in the Weeth Theater.

 “We’re planning to see six West End shows (Broadway equivalent), have theater tours as well as London sightseeing tours and free time too,” said MCC Theater Instructor Clay Grizzle. “And we want to open up this opportunity to anybody who shares our love of theater and invite you to a community meeting to find out all the details of the trip, including cost.”


Hardy is currently a faculty member at Ohio Valley University in Vienna, W.V., and an experienced tour leader who loves London and London theater. His parents -- Bob and Jean Hardy -- live in McCook.

 His website is

According to Hardy, the scheduled activities are all focused on theatre, but there is plenty of free time to explore other aspects of London. The following features are included:

•Seven nights of accommodations in the Lime Tree Hotel, a charming family-owned hotel located in the central London neighborhood of Belgravia.

•Tickets to six shows in the West End, both musicals and plays, including one you get to select for yourself.

•Two backstage tours exclusive for our group—at Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre.

•A visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition, including a live demonstration of Elizabethan life.

•A guided walking tour of the West End, London’s Theatre District.

•Tickets to “Through the Stage Door”—a dramatized tour that gives the history of London’s oldest continuously operating theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and gives you the chance to meet some of the players at that theatre, such as David Garrick, Richard Sheridan, and Nell Gwynne.

•A guided tour of the Theatre and Performance Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

•A guided walking tour of our neighborhood—taking you past Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Park, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square.

•A 7-day "Transportation for London" pass that enables you to have unlimited travel within central London using London’s extensive subway system and iconic double-decker buses.

•A 3-day “London Pass” that gives you free admission to scores of London’s top tourist sites—and that enables you to create the London experience you want to have.

•Seven delicious English breakfasts at the hotel.

•Dinner on the Sunday of arrival and lunch on Monday.


Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​