New Albany News

Drama students will perform in 2014 at festival in Scotland


Twenty to 30 New Albany High School theater students will travel to Scotland in August 2014 to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, billed as the largest arts festival in the world, although at the moment they aren't sure whom to thank.

"I'm not sure who nominated us," said Elliot Lemberg, a drama teacher at New Albany High School. "It has to be a professional or a college professor, someone who's part of the organization's network. You have to be nominated by a professional in the theatrical industry or an artist and then go through a rigorous application process.

"We applied at the end of October and got word in December that we were accepted. We'll take a show and perform at the fest."

The New Albany-Plain Local school board on Jan. 28 approved the trip.

Lemberg said students from all four high school grades in the 2013-14 school year will have the chance to go to Scotland. The school will hold an audition for its summer show, and the cast and crew chosen will perform the show in the summer of 2014 in New Albany and again in August in Scotland.

He said he has not decided what show the group will perform.

The students will spend a total of two weeks abroad, first visiting London to see a theater performance before traveling to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and on to Scotland.

Currently, the estimated cost for the trip is $5,800 to $6,300 per student. That would include air fare, lodging and meals.

Lemberg said he met with the theater boosters group last week to begin fundraising.

"The rates we were quoted were from 2012," he said. "This fall we hope to have a more firm rate."