In February of 2015 the Caddo Magnet HS Drama Department was invited to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August 2016. The Fringe Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival, where the whole city becomes a stage for over 2,000 performances. CMHS has been selected for a second time by the AHSTF (American High School Theater Festival) for our innovative and entertaining productions. CMHS was the first school in Louisiana to be chosen.
We spent 18 months raising money and in August 2016, 16 students and 4 adults set out on a two week adventure. We performed A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream in Gotham, a new twist to one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.
Below are the links to several newspaper articles about the trip and some testimonies from the students and adults who attended.
“Seeing the amazement on the kids faces as they walked the Royal Mile allowed the exhaustion of 18 months of fundraising and hard work melt away.”
Patti Reeves – Director
“I was involved with the Fringe trip from the beginning as the treasurer for the group. It was great to see the kids and parents come together to make every aspect of the trip possible. What a blessing it was to travel with sixteen of the most amazing high school students. They performed beautifully and were wonderful ambassadors of our school and state in Edinburgh. It was truly amazing to watch how excited they were to witness not just the cultural aspects of the trip, but the wonderful world of theatre. It was inspiring.” – Rhonda Butler
“Going to the Fringe Festival was not only a fulfillment of a dream but an amazing opportunity to be exposed to different people and cultures coming together to exhibit their passion for theatre. One of the best shows I have ever seen was on this trip, and some life-long friends have been made, too. Going to Scotland has further deepened my love for theatre and traveling and my desire to possibly pursue a career in theatre. I am forever grateful to have these memories and experiences under my belt and hope to one day return to the Fringe!” – Amanda-Marie Davis
“I had the pleasure to spend two weeks of my summer in “Bonnie” Edinburgh, Scotland. It was by far one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. From lochs to streets to stages being at the largest theater festival in the world was awe inspiring. I have become a “theater Olympian”. To get to perform in a place where most actors only dream of performing is something I can’t even begin to comprehend. I sharpened my skills as an actor and gained new experiences under my built which I will always be thankful for. But just as much as Fringe impacted me as an actor, it also impacted me as a person. It made me a traveler. I saw West End quality shows as well as sword-swallowers on the street. I viewed the would from the throne of a king and the bench of a traveler. I learned to dance traditional Scottish dances with kids from around my own country and had the pleasure to listen to a thousand musicians from across the world play in perfect harmony. To the sound of bagpipes, over 5000 people joined hands and sang about how all acquaintance could be forgot. In that moment all differences disappeared and that is something I will never forget. I’m so great-full to the Caddo Magnet Players and all the people who helped us get there.” – Maddie Tinsley
“The Fringe Festival was one of the most amazing experiences I’ll probably ever have in my lifetime. Seeing all the different shows and artists doing what they love and sharing it with all the rest of us was such a beautiful thing to witness. Not to mention, we got to perform in a different country! Very few seventeen year olds get to say they have done that. I’m so incredibly proud and honored to have been a part of this life changing trip. It will be something I cherish and hold close to my heart always. Thank you to all who helped us get there!” – Joy Rester
“The Fringe Festival was an unforgettable adventure. I will take away experience that I earned at the Fringe and keep it with me for the rest of my life. I will never forget the amazing shows that I saw and the talented people I met in Scotland. Stepping onto the royal mile, splitting my sides at a pantomime comedy show, and performing in front of an international audience evoked feelings unmatched by the highest forms of joy. Seeing the audience give our department a standing ovation really opened my eyes and made me appreciate the once-in a-lifetime opportunity that I was given. The Fringe will always be one of the greatest highlights in my life, and I’d like to thank everyone who helped in getting us to Scotland.” – Jimmy Brooks
“The opportunity to go to the Edinburgh Fringe is undoubtedly one of the best things that has ever happened to me. It let me see thousands of people gathered in one place for the same reason that I was: to immerse themselves in as much theatre, and theatre related things, as possible. The trip was my chance to see the caliber of people who do what I want to do on a normal basis. It helped me not only see how other people went about doing their aspect of theatre, but it helped me realize that theatre is something that I really would like to do and can do in the future. Not only was the trip a door to another world of people who love theatre as much as I do, but it also just opened the door to a new culture. Both the Scottish culture ,with seeing the Military Tattoo, Stirling Castle, and Edinburgh itself, and the culture of an entire theatre population which was simply mind-blowing. It really did seem like a community of people the entire time, even if some of us didn’t speak the same languages or come from the same places. Overall the trip gave me a very stirring sense of my love for theatre and for how many other people share that love.” – Tara Butler
The Fringe Festival meant the world to me! It was so much fun joining all my friends in London, and then traveling to Scotland together. In Scotland, we met some of the most interesting locals and laid back fellow thespians. The festival was truly the best experience in my life. I will never forget it. -Savannah Meek