One month after being invited to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe — the largest arts festival in the world — the Glendale High School drama program has launched a major fundraising effort to make the trip a reality.
Mack Duggard, who has headed the program for 22 years, said he is reaching out to community organizations and local businesses to help cover the $6,300-per-student cost. He hopes to take about 17 students to the August 2012 event, as well as a handful of technicians to help with staging, costume, makeup and music.
“We are not exactly the richest school in the district,” Duggard said. “At some schools, parents would just pony up money and away you go. But in this school, we are going to have to do some serious fundraising.”
Known as the Fringe, the Edinburgh, Scotland-based festival consists of three weeks of theater and comedy played out in venues including parks, historic castles, churches, tents and private homes. In recent years there have been more than 2,000 different shows, some by the world’s elite live performers