The Northwest School of the Arts’ cast of The Color Purple has tried to raise about $131,000 to attend and perform in the prestigious International Thespian Festival in Nebraska, but they’re still short on money.
To purchase plane tickets for the 75-student cast plus chaperones, the cast needs $1,600 by Monday. After that, the students still need $12,000.
“I’m honestly not quite sure what we’re going to do now,” said musical director Corey Mitchell. He’s joked about selling his car to get everyone to Nebraska, but said he wonders if he’ll really have to do it.
The $12,000 will pay for what Mitchell called the “nuts and bolts” of the trip, including car rentals in Nebraska, microphone repairs, printed programs and more.
The last time a North Carolina school was invited to the festival – just 10 schools from across the nation attend each year – was 33 years ago. Besides performances, the students would attend a weeklong educational conference where college recruiters will scout talent and offer scholarships.
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