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West Hartford Students Plan Trip to Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland

A fundraiser that includes music and dessert will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, to help support participation in the Fringe Festival by students from West Hartford’s Conard and Hall high schools.


Students from Conard and Hall high schools in West Hartford have been invited to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the summer of 2017, and invite the public to attend a jazz night fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, from 7-10 p.m. at the Flagg Road Congregational Church.

AHSTF is a platform for high school theatre groups to perform on an international stage as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With nearly 3,000 productions, 40,000 performances, and thousands of performers from across the globe, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the wold! This is a great honor, as the participants are chosen through a rigorous application process.

As part of this two week cultural and performance trip, students will spend 3 days touring London, and then head to Edinburgh where they will be performing at the festival over the course of several days. Over the two weeks, students will not only perform 4 times for an international audience, but they will also take part in cultural events such as Globe Theatre Shakespeare workshops, and attend a traditional Scottish Ceilidh.

The students will be working hard for the next year to prepare their production, raise funds, design and build sets that can travel to Scotland, and prepare to present the very best performance for the festival. The students invite support of this amazing opportunity by attending the the jazz night or other fundraisers, or making a donation on the group’s GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/CHS-HHS-Scotland).

All of the dedicated and talented students will be deeply grateful for any support the community can provide.


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