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Davidson lands the Bard on the shores of Jersey

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Fifteen Davidson High School students will travel to Scotland this summer to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

"It's unusual for high school students to perform (at this festival) ... and I think it speaks to the quality of our drama department," said Trace Crawford, drama director at Davidson.

Davidson students will perform an unusual play, as well: Midsummer/Jersey is a farce by playwright Ken Ludwig based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, but with a modern-day New Jersey setting and characters inspired by the reality TV show, Jersey Shore.

Davidson students will perform the play as a fundraiser at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Short North Stage, 1187 N. High St.

Tickets are $25, available at the door or in advance at showtix4u.com.

A VIP package will be available for $100 and includes raffle tickets for prizes, backstage passes and an autographed cast poster.

The fundraiser will help send the 15 Davidson students, several of whom will graduate later this month, to Scotland July 29-Aug. 11.

Juniors Danny Kuder and Sarina Hyland will be among those making the trip.

Hyland plays the role of Mia "Cookie" DiCarlo, loosely based on Shakespeare's character Hermia and inspired by Snooki from Jersey Shore.

"It's really exciting," Hyland said. "I've never been out of the country before and to be able and do theater makes it all the more awesome."

Likewise, Kuder said, he has never traveled outside of the United States.

"To be able to perform and see all the other shows and performers will be incredible," he said.

Kuder will play Lyle "The Understatement" Fagioli, based on the character Lysander and Jersey Shore cast member Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino.

Other students in the company of 15 are Russell Bidish, Tanner Bidish, Stephen Brickley, Camille Capers, Michael Capretta, James Conlee, Caleb Crawford, Laura Falb, Lucy McTurner, Emily Prior, Alanna Schultz, Nick Slaughter and Carrie Varney.

The Davidson troupe was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by the American High School Theater Festival .

The Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, Crawford said.

In 2012, the 25-day event featured 2,695 shows in 279 venues in the Edinburgh area, representing 47 countries, Crawford said.

This is the fifth time Davidson students have performed at the festival and the second time Crawford has made the trip.

In 2010, Davidson students performed Almost Maine.

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