Students, faculty member bring musical theater to China
A group from Binghamton University helped spread the word about American musical theater during a summer tour of China.
“We tried to teach them: While you are singing, you are also acting. While you are dancing, you are also acting,” said Tommy Iafrate, assistant professor of theatre and the director of musical theater. “All of these things happen at the same time and serve the story.”
Iafrate traveled to China in late May with six Binghamton University students and a group of students and faculty from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., for performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an. Iafrate had made the trip to China in 2014 while serving as a piano accompanist with a contingent from Carthage.
For 2016, the trip was expanded to include Binghamton University students.