Saturday, June 13, 2009

Invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Fest in August, 2010: Caddo Magnet High Drama Dept; all forms of funding being sought by Patti Reeves, drama mamma at Magnet

Caddo Magnet High School's drama dept, under the direction of Patti Reeves, has been selected to perform in the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF). 

Only 30 – 40 high schools in the nation are chosen to participate in this festival each year.  The Caddo Magnet Players is the first high school drama department ever chosen from Louisiana.   

Each August in Edinburgh, Scotland, the city becomes the most magical and exciting place on earth as performing artists from all over the world take part in the Fringe Festival.  The whole city becomes a stage, and visitors can view performances everywhere from playgrounds to conference rooms, from city parks to churches.  The Fringe Festival includes over 1,800 different performances of music, theatre, dance and comedy during its three-week run. 

The Caddo Magnet Players’ performance will be showcased at the AHSTF venue in Edinburgh in August 2010. 

Caddo Magnet Players, recognized for entertaining and innovative productions, was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors to represent the United States as part of the 2010 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. 

The Caddo Magnet Players, drama students, their parents, and teachers are heavily involved in fundraising activities to finance their two-week adventure to Scotland and England. 

Their first fundraiser will be a summer production of Jerry Finnegan’s Sister, a story about Brian Dowd, who has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited "something" for his best friend's sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he's spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, he's ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian's time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan's sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. What's he got to lose--except the love of his life! This acclaimed comedy has charmed audiences of all ages, and has been produced with great success in a number of theatres nationwide.

The July production will star Andrew Wood, a recent graduate of Magnet who received a theatre scholarship to Centenary College, and Hope Gutierrez, who is on a full theatre scholarship at BPCC. Both actors, although young, have received multiple acting awards and have been active in the Shreveport Community Theatres. Hope has performed in every theatre in town. Andrew was the recipient of the SB Magazine Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Motel in Fiddler on the Roof.

On opening night of this production there will be a Silent Auction.
The show will have only three performances – Friday and Saturday nights, July 31st and August 1st at 7:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.00 and general seating. The production will be in the Caddo Magnet High School Performing Art Center on campus. All proceeds go to the trip to Scotland.

Students on the crew are participants of the trip to The Fringe. The stage manager will be Brooks Robinson – president of Magnet’s International Thespian Society troupe. Light Designer – Cameron Martin – recent graduate of Magnet on full technical theatre scholarship to Northwestern; Assistant to Director – Beth Hughes; Props – Adrian Gallegos, Graphics Designer – Tori Smith, Dresser – Mary Martha Breithtaupt,

Come see a great show and help send these kids to Scotland. Patti Reeves: 318-424-4822 or 318-617-3319 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wish they could also come up with a local product to sell at the Shreveport Farmer's Market or Fall Farmer's Market.

Hate it when kids sell cookie dough that's shipped from far away or even other merchndise from far away. Bookmarks? Postcards? What Ark-LA_TEX DIY thingy could these creatives come up with? Thats whas missing at the market. The youth. And yet these are the ones that will benefit from the work of the current vendors and shoppers.

Death to Amrican corporations! Long live the little gal and guy! Ltes get back to our roots. The wild west was built on outlaws doing things their own way . Rmember bonnie and clyde!