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Fundraiser to help send theater students to Fringe Festival

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Gahanna Lincoln High School theater students will serve spaghetti dinners Feb. 24 as a fundraiser for their summer trip to Scotland.
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A Feb. 24 Italian night out will help Gahanna Lincoln High School theater students experience Scotland this summer.

Students will serve a spaghetti-dinner fundraiser in the school's cafeteria, to include music, skits and an auction.

The fundraiser will help finance the theater students' trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, billed as the largest arts festival in the world.

The fundraiser will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6 7:30 p.m.

The main entree will be provided by Rotelli's, with beverages provided by WesBanco and desserts by Kroger, Mykannos, Cap City, Tim Hortons and City Barbeque.

Tickets cost $10, with children under age 5 admitted for free. For tickets and more information, call Mario Macioce at 614-855-5905 or email mariomacioce@columbus.rr.com.

Diane Schaefer, vice president of the performing-arts boosters, said the list of auction items expands daily.

Marvin Hixon, a Gahanna Lincoln campus resource officer, is donating a framed, signed picture of his son, Domenik Hixon, a two-time Super Bowl champion from the New York Giants.

Other auction items are being donated by students and their parents, including two tickets to the Broadway Series production of Green Day's American Idiot, a basketball autographed by Thad Matta, a massage, tutoring services, service certificates, a blue-and-gold cornhole game, various gift baskets from Pampered Chef, Granville Inn and Bath & Body Works, and gift cards from VISA and Max & Erma's.

About 30 Gahanna Lincoln students and chaperones will travel to Scotland on July 29 and return Aug. 12.

Gahanna is one of 50 high schools chosen from across the country to represent the United States as part of the American High School Theatre Festival. Gahanna previously was represented at the festival in 2005.

"We were nominated and went through an extensive application process," Macioce said. "A professional theater committee reviews the material and selects schools based on their bodies of work and educational theater philosophies."

The application and supplemental materials were sent to a panel of theater professionals, including representatives from the University of Miami, University of Virginia, Ball State University, University of Cincinnati and Southern Methodist University.

The students will present four performances of Godspell at the festival.

Those planning to take the trip are Brooke Ashley, Cameron Becker, Sarah Blakely, Haley Bockrath, Morrisa Cohen, Alex Dilgard, Erin Donohue, Emma English, Erika Gellner, Carly Haberman, Makenzie Karl, Adam King, Jacob Lisek, Matt Mangia (design team/crew), Cassidy Martin, Danny Radomski, Evan Rose, Summit Rosenberg, Hannah Rossio, Steph Rush (crew), Christian Schaefer, Sana Selemon, Devan Shively and Chris Wagner (design team/crew). The troupe also will do a "Scotland Send-Off" benefit performance of Godspell at the high school at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26.

"This is such an honor to be chosen," Macioce said. "The students know we have a responsibility to represent our community, as well as our country, in a positive light. I have no doubt we will do this. This experience will be such a life-changer for all of us."

In addition to performing at the festival, Macioce said, time also has been scheduled to visit historical sites.

"We will travel to a few of the castles and up into the Highlands," she said. "We will be interacting with people from all over the world, and we will be highlighting the best of Gahanna on an international stage."

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