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NYC trip looking better for Southwest High music students

Members of the Southwest High School band, shown here competing in 2013, are headed to New York City for spring break, but last week’s flight cancellations have forced them to change their plans.
Members of the Southwest High School band, shown here competing in 2013, are headed to New York City for spring break, but last week’s flight cancellations have forced them to change their plans. Star-Telegram archives

Things are looking up — way up — for Southwest High School music students’ spring break trip to Broadway this week, band director Stacey Dunn says.

The trip was delayed from its original itinerary last week by icy weather and flight cancellations. The new plan calls for flights leaving for New York on Thursday and returning Sunday.

The Star-Telegram reported Monday that Dunn was having difficulty getting his group of 147 students on return flights Sunday so that each group would have an adult chaperon. The students had been divided among 25 flights with layovers in Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; and Houston.

By midevening Monday, American Airlines representatives had worked out a more suitable schedule, Dunn said Tuesday.

“The flights outbound on Thursday are perfect: [Students are] on two flights and will all be in New York by 11 a.m.,” he said. “The return flights are scattered, but they did get a parent with the kids on every single return flight.”

Tuesday afternoon brought more good news — about one of the two shows for which the group had $20,000 in prepaid tickets.

“We have 147 tickets for Saturday night for Wicked, the hottest show on Broadway right now,” a jubilant Dunn said in midafternoon. He was still hoping to get seats for the other show, Jersey Boys.

He was contacted late Monday by New Yorker Doug Kenney, who operates the Web-based service ShowHelpMe, which works with theaters to help people get tickets. Kenney helped resolve the matter, Dunn said.

The agency had hoped to get #GetSouthWestHighToBroadway trending on Twitter to help the cause.

“I want so bad to be a #FairyGodmother right now,” one woman tweeted.

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

Twitter: @shirljinkins

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