TP thespians set sights on Edinburgh festival

Eighteen actors from the Torrey Pines Players will perform in the Fringe American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer.

With over a thousand performing companies, it’s the largest arts festival in the world. The Torrey Pines Players competed against 2,500 schools nationwide and were one of 47 picked to go overseas.

Of course, going to Scotland will take some funds and the Players are working hard to raise the money.

Several students have part-time jobs and are raising money through recycling – which brought in $400 so far. The goal is to raise $15,000.

The Torrey Pines Foundation can help, but donations must be earmarked for the Players and their Edinburgh trip.

“It’s a trip of a lifetime to go to Edinburgh,” Theater Director Marinee Payne said. “I don’t want kids not to be able to go because they can’t afford it.”

Rockin’ in Scotland
This is the second time that Torrey Pines will go to Edinburgh – Payne took the first group in 2006. In Scotland the students will perform four 90-minute shows as well as two street performances.

“I’m still comprehending the fact that we get to go,” sophomore Akaina Ghosh said. “I’m so incredibly excited.”

Ghosh, of Carmel Valley, is also excited about performing William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Of course the Players will put their own spin on the classic – the plan is to perform it as a rock opera with original music composed by junior Michael Dashefsky.

Dashefsky said his musical vision resembles splashes of Broadway hit “Spring Awakening” and “Rent” with a classic rock feel.

“I’m really excited to see how it will all turn out,” Dashefsy said.

Challenging theater
Currently, students are in rehearsals for their February production of “Sweeney Todd.”

Payne had 67 students audition and had to whittle the cast down to 20.

“The talent at this high school is absolutely amazing,” Payne said. She said the excellence art program often gets lost among the school’s academic and athletic achievements.

Payne pushes the students to perform in challenging plays. Their last two productions were “Candide” and “The School for Scandal.”

“The reason I do that is a little selfish. I don’t want to get bored,” Payne said. “I really like to stretch these kids and make them realize what they think might not be possible is possible.”

Fore more information, visit www.torreypinesfoundation.org.

Related posts:

  1. National Charity League puts on fashion show
  2. ‘Rabbit’ attracts young actors
  3. Santaluz to host tennis tournament
  4. MIT grad shares insight into college scholarship process
  5. Falcon wrestlers beat San Marcos in close match

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=7540

Posted by ziggycute1 on Dec 31, 2008. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club to present second ‘Taste of Rancho Santa Fe’
    The Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club continues to live up to the motto, “Service Above Self,” and invites you to partner with the Rotary Club at the 2nd Annual Taste of Rancho Santa Fe on Oct. 12. Guests of the event, to be held from 4-7 p.m., will have an opportunity to stroll through the historic and iconic grounds of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe while sampling f […]
  • Melodrama to open at Village Church Community Theater in Rancho Santa Fe
    As part of the Rancho Days celebration in Rancho Santa Fe, “The Saga of Sagebrush Sal, A Comedy Western Melodrama” is set to open Oct. 5 at the Village Church Community Theater. In this old-fashioned comic melodrama, Sagebrush Sal decides to take over the busiest establishment in town, The Bloody Turnip Saloon, which is owned by Jake the Snake. The audience […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society acquires Covenant founder’s ledger
    The Rancho Santa Fe Historical Society has acquired the ledger of Barton Millard, which dates back to the 1920s, and will unveil it at Coffee On The Patio Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at La Flecha House. Millard was a founding member of the Rancho Santa Fe Association, co-wrote the initial CC&Bs, and served four terms as its president. Millard’s gra […]