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Lincoln theater students

'Godspell' performances set as Scotland send-off


The community has two more opportunities to support Gahanna Lincoln High School's theater students before they travel to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on July 29-Aug. 12.

Theater director Cindi Macioce said a "Scotland Send-Off" benefit performance of Godspell will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the high school and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Church of the Resurrection in New Albany.

No price has been set for the performances, but donations will be accepted, she said.

The students will present four performances of Godspell at the Fringe Festival, billed as the largest arts festival in the world.

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

"We will be interacting with people from all over the world, and we will be highlighting the best of Gahanna on an international stage," Macioce said.

A contingent of about 30 Gahanna Lincoln students and chaperones will travel to Scotland, including 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).

On Tuesday, July 30, the group is scheduled for a half-day panoramic tour of London, with sights including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

They will check in at the University of Edinburgh on Aug. 2.

In addition to performing Godspell on Aug. 6-7 and Aug. 9-10, they will watch performances by other high schools. Those shows include Pandora's Box, Rabbit Hole, The Cautionary Tale of Struwwelpeter and Shakesperience.

Sightseeing is scheduled at the Stirling Castle and The Trossachs, among other places.

Macioce said Gahanna was nominated and went through an extensive application process to participate in the festival.

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.

After returning from their trip, Macioce said, the theater department will present Peter Pan in the fall and the musical, Hairspray, in the spring.

"It will be another great year for Gahanna Lincoln High School theater," Macioce said.