Gahanna Lincoln High School's thespians are putting on a show about life lessons with "All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten," based on Robert Fulghum's book of the same name.
The community is encouraged to support the students with a donation at the door as they attend two upcoming shows. The donations will help with expenses for the students' trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's largest arts festival, where they will perform the show.
The first chance to see them locally will be at 6:30 p.m. July 21 at the New Albany Church of the Resurrection Ministry Center, 6300 E. Dublin Granville Road. They will perform the show again at 2 p.m. July 22 in the Gahanna Lincoln High School auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
"We learn so many wonderful things in this particular show -- life lessons and basically what it is to be human," said Cindi Macioce, the high school's drama director. "So many times, there are lessons in everyday life. Sometimes we forget and we need to appreciate where we have been and who we are with."
Students who will be traveling to Edinburgh, Scotland, are Sabrina Brush, Sydney Cannon, Cole Frasher, Chandlyr Letzelter, Cedrik McCafferty, Xavier McCafferty, Jace Nguyen, Haley Peters, Adia Shaffer and Erica Thacker.
Nguyen, who will attend Capital University this fall to major in music education, said he is enthusiastic about the performance and trip.
He describes the show as a group of vignettes that are stories of life and how to navigate it.
"One of my favorites that I'm in is called 'Tomb with a View,' " he said. "It's me visiting my future gravesite that I just bought.
"There's good stuff to come. I hope you come and see it," he said.
Frasher, who will attend Wright State University this fall, said he has never been out of the United States, so the trip will provide him with a new cultural experience.
Without the theater department at Gahanna Lincoln, he said, he wouldn't have had the opportunity to experience such a global event.
"I'm going into acting in college," Frasher said. "This gives me more experience."
Macioce said Gahanna had to be nominated and selected to go to the festival.
She said 10 students and six adult chaperones will leave for Scotland on July 27 and return Aug. 10.
"This opportunity is huge for the GLHS theater program on so many levels," Macioce said. "We will be performing on a global stage, literally and figuratively, at the largest arts festival in the world. We will be exposed to different cultures while sharing our passion of theater with students from all over the world. Authentic learning doesn't get more authentic than this.
"From our body of work, they chose us as one of 50 high schools across the country to be performing there," Macioce said.
She said the show is all about reflecting one's own light onto someone else.
"Whether you're 8 or 80, you will pull something from the collection in his (Fulghum's) book," Macioce said.
She said some of the students would act as narrators and ensemble pieces will be performed in the show.
"Each character can grow and stretch with their acting and vocal skills," Macioce said. "We have really strong performers and many strong singers.
"The song, 'Uh-oh,' is one of the hardest things we've ever blocked. It's a story about communication and how 'Uh-oh' has always been around. We're using it in the context of phone usage. When you're looking at your phone and people forget others are around you."
She said the spirit of the Edinburgh festival is about doing as much as one can in a minimal way, and affecting the audience effectively and truthfully.
"I can't think of a better experience than to be able to put our work on a global stage," Macioce said. "We're trying to find things everyone will recognize and is universal. I think that's one reason the show works. It's universal. There are so many life lessons in the show."
Prior to attending the festival, the Gahanna contingent will spend three days in London attending workshops and shows.
This marks the third time Gahanna Lincoln has been represented at the festival. The thespians were invited and attended in 2005 and 2013.
Last year, Edinburgh Festival Fringe hosted 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows at 300 venues, according to its website.