TOLEDO—Each August Edinburgh, Scotland, becomes an exciting place as performing artists from all over the world take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in the world.
This year, the Toledo Notre Dame Academy (NDA) Theatre Arts Program is one of the 2,000 featured performances of music, theatre, dance, and comedy acts during its three-week run from August 3-27.
NDA students performing a “welded deadly medley” of Shakespearean Plays in the Edinburgh Fringe Arts Festival include top from left, Megan O’Toole and Molly Martindale; third row, Indra Andreshak, Tori Zajac, Alexandra Davis, Natasha Foley; second row, Juliet Hudson; front row, Sarah Orchard and Marisa Napoli; and seated, April Varner. (Photo courtesy of Toledo Notre Dame Academy)
The Toledo community has the chance to have a sneak peek of the production plus help students raise fund by attending a performance on June 22 at 7 p.m. or June 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available through www.nda.org or at the door.
The students will also perform two shows nightly at 7 and 9 p.m. at the Columbus, Ohio, Garden Theatre in the Green Room Space July 13 and 14, along with a matinee on July 15.
“This is the perfect time to pursue this opportunity. With NDA now an International Baccalaureate (IB) School, to act in the largest arts festival in the world connects us to the global theatre community,” explains Trish Sanders, NDA IB teacher and director of theatre productions.
NDA is to perform a “welded deadly medley” by Mrs. Sanders based on a comic look of the typical William Shakespeare plays read by high schoolers — "Julius Caesar," "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth" and "Hamlet." She describes it as “William Shakespeare meets 'Law & Order' meets 'Laugh In.' ”
NDA was selected from more than 160 U.S. and Canadian schools nominated this year and is the only high school in Ohio performing. Schools are selected by the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF) Board of Advisors to represent the country as part of the 2012 AHSTF Program. The Board identifies the top high schools based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies and recommendations.
NDA was nominated by James S. Hill, Professor of Theatre and Chair Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Toledo College of Visual and Performing Arts. High schools are selected based on the strength of their programs, curriculum and approach to shows.
Mrs. Sanders scoped out the 2011 Fringe Festival and talked to other directors from all over the country. They provided many ideas on how to make the 120 minutes each school has to set up, take down and perform work.
NDA students going to Edinburgh are sophomores Sarah Orchard, Molly Martindale, and April Varner, seniors Alexandra Davis, Natasha Foley and Marisa Napoli and class of 2012 graduates Indra Andreshak, Juliet Hudson, Megan O’Toole and Tori Zajac. Alumnae Brittanie Kuhr and IB teacher Mrs. Jean (Christ) Walker are also traveling with Mrs. Sanders.