On Oct. 11, a Santa Monica College contingent – 18 highly talented theater students, two top student journalists and several professors – will leave for China on what can only be described as a pioneering 8-day trip. And they will be bringing Broadway with them.

Shandong University of the Arts in Jinan, a modern city south of Beijing known for its high-tech industries and its lake parks, invited SMC students to perform a uniquely American show as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Generously, Shandong is paying all travel expenses for the students.

SMC will deliver with “American Reflections: Broadway in Concert,” which will highlight numbers from a wide cross-section of hit musicals, including such classics as “A Chorus Line,” “Westside Story” and “Sweet Charity.”

SMC student newspaper Corsair editor Tom Wright and news editor Jonathan Ramos will document this special journey with articles and photos.

Students as well as professors are blogging before, during and after this trip. See the blogs, posted weekly, at left.