Gahanna Lincoln High School's thespians want to give local residents a scare next month as they raise money to visit Scotland.
Cindi Macioce, the school's drama director, said the high school is one of 50 across the nation and two in Ohio selected to attend the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2018.
The first fundraiser for the trip will be a haunted house running from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 and 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
Senior Sabrina Brush said she plans to pursue theater as a career, so it's meaningful for her to visit what is considered the single largest celebration of arts and culture in the world at Edinburgh.
"I think it will be an eye-opening experience, especially since I may go to another country to study," she said.
Brush said the haunted house at the high school is something that hasn't been done before.
"It's a trial and error process on how to plan," she said. "Anyone in the theater department is welcome to be an actor in it or help with the story line."
Brush said all the students going on the Scotland trip are in the process of creating an outline to the story or things that can be a scare.
"We're leaning toward the psychological scare," she said.
"There are a lot of possibilities. We'll incorporate every aspect of our theater department, from people in charge of makeup to the set and lighting," she said.
Those who dare will enter the haunt in the theater lobby, and go through the theater to the main auditorium.
Senior Cole Frasher said the set for the fall play, "Noises Off," will be up and integrated with the haunted house.
"Right now, we're getting an outline for the basis of the theme," he said. "We'll add characters that go along with it."
Frasher, who also plans to study theater after high school, said the Edinburgh Festival Fringe would be a huge resume builder that would open doors in the future.
"It's an amazing opportunity," he said.
Frasher said students would get to see performers of all capabilities.
Every year, thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows, according to the festival website.
In 2016, the festival featured 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues.
Without the Gahanna theater program, Frasher said, students wouldn't have the chance to go on the trip.
In addition to the haunted house, two food trucks will be on site as afundraiser.
"That's also something to draw people in," Brush said.
Other fundraisers for the Scotland trip will take place throughout the school year.
Admission to the haunted house will be $5 per person.