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Alonso Theatre Department to compete at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland

Posted at 1:03 PM, Nov 06, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. --- The Alonso High School Theatre Department is set to sing and dance their way across the Atlantic to Scotland.

"The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the largest festival for theater in the entire world. There are people that come from all over the globe,” said Lisa Vorreiter, the Alonso theater teacher.

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Alonso is one of only 48 high schools in North America invited to take the stage this summer in Scotland. The festival is set to go Aug. 7-31.

“(It's) absolutely a great thing for them to put on their theatrical resume, plus the contacts, the people that they are going to be meeting, they get to take workshops with professionals,” said Vorreiter.

Theater student Jacob Atkins said finding out they were going to make the trip was like winning the lottery.

“We just huddled together in one huge hug,” said Atkins.

“I think it will be mind-blowing to be able to look out and be able to realize that we are actually performing on a completely different stage,” said Sophia Aweshah, theater student.

The theatre department has decided to perform the musical “Disaster!”

“It’s all the disaster movies into one, it’s a whole bunch of 70s music,” said Atkins.

Alonso High School will be one of thousands of theater groups across the world to display their talents at the festival. However, it’s not a competition, it’s a collaboration.

To help the department raise money for their trip, and for more information, click here.