Not only that. The piece, a scene from Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Between Riverside and Crazy" was named Best In Show by the judges. As their coach, I was thrilled beyond expression that they could share this electrifying, razor-sharp scene with all of the judges attendees of the festival (over 1,100 people).
Now, since they've qualified for a spot at the International Festival, they are looking forward to another chance to shine.
The cost of attending, which includes three meals a day, lodging for 6 nights, and admittance to all shows, workshops, and activities at the festival, is $790 per attendee.
I will be cutting costs by using my own vehicle to transport the students should we find success in this campaign, so there will be no rental fee.
Here is a breakdown of exactly what comprises the $3,700:
Registration - $790 x 4 = 3,160
Event Fees - $30 x 3 = 90
Gas - 150
(617.4 miles @ ~16MPG)
Trip Check @ Cross Tire = 100
GoFundMe % cushion = 200
Total = $3,700
Our deadline for registration and full payment is May 1st, which means we'd like to have it in by April 1st. Earlier registration and payment of course means we are accommodated more closely to our preference as opposed to whatever is left.
The Festival, which Central has not been able to seize in recent years even though we consistently qualify, is an opportunity to grow artistically in so many ways, to be totally immersed in learning, and to be surrounded by industry professionals and like-minded students. Also, travelling, of course, is so indescribably valuable for young people.
Please check out the website for the International Thespian Festival for more information on the festival and competition itself: https://www.schooltheatre.org/itf2018/home
Also, please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or concerns.
Thank you for your time and generosity. Quite honestly, every dollar counts. No matter your donation level, if the campaign is successful, you'll receive updates during the week of the competition.
Advanced Theatre Teacher
Little Rock Central High School