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Belt Valley Shakespeare Players raising money to perform in Scotland

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The Belt Valley Shakespeare Players will be headed to the British Isles The Belt Valley Shakespeare Players will be headed to the British Isles
The Belt Valley Theater Shakespeare Players hope to raise enough funds for their trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland next summer. The Belt Valley Theater Shakespeare Players hope to raise enough funds for their trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland next summer.
The group will be back bagging groceries at the Albertsons off 10th Ave. S. next Saturday, August 27th. The group will be back bagging groceries at the Albertsons off 10th Ave. S. next Saturday, August 27th.
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The Belt Valley Shakespeare Players will be headed to the British Isles next summer and are hoping to get there one bag of groceries at a time.

The group has been selected as one out of around 50 high school theater groups from the U.S. and Canada to perform at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.

Theater director Jeff Ross says the Fringe is the largest and most prestigious performing arts festival in the world. He says the students are both honored and ecstatic to have been selected. 

"One day after school he's like, 'we need a theater meeting' and we're like, 'what the heck, Mr. Ross, like what's goin' on?' and he tells us that we've been accepted to go the Fringe and all of us are so excited but then he brings up it's a lot of money," said senior Adrianna Irvine.

"I was jumping up and down, very excited and like screaming like, 'We're gonna do it, we're gonna do it!'" said senior Mo Wall.

The group has raised enough money for the initial deposit but will be working to earn the rest through various performances and fundraisers over the year. Ross says their fundraising goal is roughly $90,000.

"It's a large number, but not large if you consider that it includes four performances, four international performances on the Fringe," said Ross.

During the two weeks overseas, the cast will perform Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' at the Fringe, along with the chance to see other groups perform and participate in acting workshops. The group will also stop in London, England to experience the Globe Theater.  

While the Shakespeare Players have faced several challenges, including building a new stage as the historic Belt Theater has been closed for major renovations, the troupe of ten says the size of their school and cast have never been a disadvantage. 

"Even though we are small we are mighty, we bring a lot of energy to the stage and we have a different kind of power than other theater programs because we are so small," said senior Emily Langston.  

Students say they will be performing in front of their largest audience filled with talent from around the world. The cast says they are counting on the group's close-knit bonds to make their performance shine next summer. 

"Our chemistry between our group is so strong, that as long as we're just with each other and keep our energy amongst ourselves I think it'll be good, I think it'll be a good experience for us to see what it's like to have so many people," said Langston.

The group will be back bagging groceries at Albertsons off 10th Ave. South next Saturday, August 27 along with a performance at the Belt City Park in September    

To learn more about the Belt Valley Shakespeare Players or to donate online, visit http://www.beltvalleyshakespeare.org/

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