Baton Rouge Magnet drama students to perform in Scotland, this Summer at Festival; fundraising efforts underway

Baton Rouge Magnet drama students to perform in Scotland, this Summer at Festival; fundraising efforts underway
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POSTED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 11:04am

The Gifted and Talented Theatre Program at Baton Rouge Magnet High School’s Drama Department, under the direction of J. Glenn McMahon, has been selected to perform in the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival this summer as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF). AHSTF is a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland, becomes the most magical and exciting place on earth as performing artists from all over the world take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The whole city becomes a stage, and visitors can view performances everywhere -- from playgrounds to conference rooms to city parks to churches. The Fringe Festival includes more than 1,800 different performances of music, theatre, dance, and comedy during its three week run. Baton Rouge High School’s Talented Theatre performance will be showcased at the AHSTF venue in Edinburgh.

Talented Theatre at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, long recognized for its entertaining and innovative productions, was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors to represent the United States as part of the 2014 AHSTF program. The Board reviews all completed applications and identifies the top high schools based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies and recommendations. According to McMahon, “This appears to be only the second time a Louisiana school will have performed at AHSTF, and we are the only high school from Louisiana represented this year.”

While in Scotland, AHSTF’s professional technical team ensures that the company’s lighting, sound and property needs are addressed. WorldStrides of Charlottesville, Va., the nation’s oldest and largest student travel company, will be planning the travel arrangements for each high school group.

Baton Rouge High School Talented Theatre students, their parents and teachers now have fundraising activities underway to finance the two-week adventure to Scotland and England. Contributions and donations are welcome.

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