AHSTF 2016: Reviews and Bravery

One of our last groups took their show to the Royal Mile today. The cast of Little Shop of Horrors braved rain and cold winds to perform several numbers for their show, drawing quite the crowd in the process. When the rain started to fall before their time slot, they got creative and used a trench coat to keep their Audrey II dry – and posed for a photo in the process!

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While their performance was a crowd pleaser, the real takeaway is how brave the students participating in American High School Theatre Festival are. It takes a lot of guts to get on stage and perform, be it in their hometown or another country, but these groups of high schoolers are taking the stage several times over at Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Whether these students go on to win Oscars and Tony Awards or pursue a career outside of acting, the lessons they are learning here in Edinburgh will travel with them.

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In addition to wrapping up Royal Mile performances, reviews started rolling in for our groups today! Here are a few highlights from Broadway Baby:

On Little Shop of Horrors: “The company brings the spirit of fun that goes hand in hand with this show opening with a lively rendition of the titular song… These children bring a magnificent sparkle to an already dazzling show with a phenomenal reputation.”

On Metamorphoses: “The piece is, for the most part, very well directed and choreographed… The cast themselves show a great deal of determination, working well as an ensemble.”

On Shakespeare on Love: “A lot of work and effort clearly went into making this show a reality, from the fantastic costumes to the incredibly well-choreographed fight scene between Romeo, Mercutio and Tybalt in the scene from Romeo and Juliet.”

We’ll keep posting the reviews as they come in!

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Don’t forget, we’re live blogging AHSTF 2016, as well as posting throughout the day on Facebook and our brand new Instagram. Check out our August 8th photo album for some of today’s action from the Royal Mile, and be sure to follow us for all the updates and visit AHSTF 2016 Lineup for a schedule of all of our shows.

And if you’re with us at Festival Fringe, don’t forget to tag us (@AHSTFTheatre) in your photos! Use hashtags #EdFringe, #AHSTF2016, and #StudentTheatreDoneRight so we can see your photos – we’ll share our favorites!

Learn more about our American High School Theatre Program.

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.