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AHSTF 2016: Sightseeing at Stirling Castle and Trossachs National Park

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It’s not all rehearsing and performing with American High School Theatre Festival and Festival Fringe! Groups also get to do some sightseeing outside of Edinburgh. This morning, coaches loaded up and headed to Stirling Castle and Trossachs National Park. Stirling Castle is one of the…

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AHSTF 2016: Reviews and Bravery

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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…

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AHSTF 2016: More Royal Mile Performances!

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It has been a day full of American High School Theatre Festival performances in Edinburgh! Many of our groups had their first performances today in our venues, while others performed on the Royal Mile. Students have also been taking in other performances from Festival Fringe…

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AHSTF 2016: Royal Mile Performances

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One of the best parts of American High School Theatre Festival is watching “it” come together – the hours of rehearsals, memorizing lines, learning music, planning lighting, the list goes on. Schools spend months raising funds for their AHSTF trip, in between rehearsing, studying, other…

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AHSTF 2016: Rehearsals and Scottish Dancing

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Scottish weather… We’ve had it all today. We awoke to bright blue skies, only to have the clouds roll in. After a quick shower, the sun was back for a brief visit, only to replaced clouds and another short shower. The rain and clouds didn’t dampen…

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AHSTF 2016: Walking Tours, Tech Rehearsals, and Ceilidhs

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After a good night’s sleep, our first full day of the American High School Theatre Festival in Edinburgh has been one of tech rehearsals, sightseeing, and the first of three Ceilidhs. Today, a few groups took part in a walking tour of Edinburgh, led by…

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AHSTF 2016: Greetings from Edinburgh!

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Greetings from Edinburgh! American High School Theatre Festival 2016 is officially underway! This year’s groups have spent the last few days sightseeing around London, participating in a workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and attending West End shows like Wicked and Kinky Boots. This morning, still excited…

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12 Facts About Edinburgh

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Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland welcomes Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. 2015’s festival spanned 25 days and featured 50,459 performances of 3,314 shows in 313 venues! Our American High School Theatre Festival and International Collegiate Theatre Festival programs are gearing up to join the performers…

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International Collegiate Theatre Festival Exposes Professor’s Students To The Wide World of Arts

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Angela Bacarisse, a professor of costume design and arts management at Stephen F. Austin State University, traveled with our International Collegiate Theatre Festival to Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland last year for an unforgettable experience with her students. For her, the chance to expose her…

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Festival Fringe Provides A Global Opportunity For The Arts Community

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Every August, the arts descend upon Edinburgh, Scotland for Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world. This year, Hope College’s Matthew Farmer will take a group of 16 dancers to Festival Fringe through our International Collegiate Theatre Festival (ICTF) program. Farmer serves as…

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