A team of Lake Norman High School drama students has raised $85,000 of the $100,000 needed to perform at next month’s prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.So to help raise the rest of what they need, the students have scheduled a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Lake Norman High School auditorium. They’ll perform a play they’ll bring to the international festival.The Academy of Lake Norman High School was selected from 4,800 nominations to perform at the international theater festival, which bills itself as the world’s largest arts festival.Only 22 high schools were chosen from the United States and Canada to perform, said Kelly Dowell, director of theatre at Lake Norman High School. “It's like all of the award shows you hear about when the people say, ‘It’s just an honor to be nominated,’ but it is so true!” Dowell said in an email. The 12 students and four chaperones began fundraising about a year ago.“After getting off to a slow start, they have really put in the hours to do everything possible to help the students reach this once-in-lifetime opportunity. Dowell said. “It's not just a field trip,” she said. “This is our Olympics! So, qualifying for this event and then not being able to go is like telling an Olympian, ‘Sorry you have trained hard and you should be going to the Olympics, but you don't have the money!’ “We said all along we just couldn’t let that happen.”The group has worked tirelessly, Dowell said, holding community yard sales, benefit performances, 50/50 raffles, silent auctions, sponsorships and even a local appearance by “Twilight” actor Kiowa Gordon, who plays Embry Call. Gordon donated his time to help the students raise money for the trip.The students, beginning center and going left, are, Bri Meder (in yellow sweater), Chris Roberts, Amanda Haney, Alex Morales, Rachel Sedota, Rio Lidgerding, Shannon Gallagher, John Forrest, Kayla Gallagher, Dan Miller, Rachel Harrill and Logan Maloney.
Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2013
Student thespians headed to Scotland
Fund-raising performance The Academy of Lake Norman High School will perform at 7 p.m. July 27 in the Lake Norman High School auditorium, 186 Doolie Road, Mooresville, to raise the final money needed to perform at the prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August. The academy will perform a play they’ll bring to the international festival. Admission is $5, with all proceeds going to their performances in Scotland. Sponsorships are available by contacting Kelly Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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