About a year ago, we started raising funds for 38 Inspire students to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform at the Festival Fringe. What is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? In 1947, the Edinburgh International Festival was formed as an event to promote peace and unity in the world after World War II. Eight uninvited theatre companies traveled to the Festival and participated on its ‘fringes’. These companies attracted so much attention and enthusiasm that a new festival was born, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe! Today, with nearly 3,000 productions, 40,000 performances and thousands of performers from across the globe, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest performing arts festival in the world!
How would students participate in the festival? We've been invited through the American High School Theatre Festival, who selects a small group of high schools to help facilitate and produce their performances at the Fringe Festival. The AHSTF organizes all the travel specs and details from flights to hotel to food.
Wait, will they actually get to perform? Yes! They'll get to do 4 performances as official productions at the Fringe Festival.
What do students learn or gain by participating in this trip? Students will kick-off their trip in London, England, for a workshop at the Globe theatre and a few tours of major attractions. Then, they'll head off to Scotland to perform and see theatre. From performance to tech rehearsal, to optional theatre workshops, this trip offers true hands-on learning. Additionally, students can earn one college credit and Mrs. Horst will gain valuable professional development. Not to mention, we'll see some amazing cutting-edge theatre from performing groups across the world!
How much does it cost and how many students can Inspire bring? The total cost for each student (including EVERYTHING - meals, costumes, sets, lodging, flights, transportation) is about $6000. This GoFundMe will help us close the gap on our final fundraising costs.
When is this amazing trip happening? July 27 - August 9, 2019