Fringe Festival Information

Countdown to the Fringe – 1 year, 3 months

This year’s cast of the Lewisburg Area High School Fall Play will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2019. The cast and crew of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will travel to Edinburgh for 14 days to take part on this world stage. To help us get there, we will need your help. Please visit our fundraising page to see how you can help by making a donation or by participating in one of our exciting fundraising events.

View a promotional video from the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF), the organizer of the trip.

For planning information about the trip, click here.

About the Fringe Festival

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. Every August for three weeks the city of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe. With 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues in 2017 there are quite literally thousands of reasons to visit the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children’s shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. Visit the fringe page for more information.

About the AHSTF Trip

Schools winning the honor to represent North America in Edinburgh as part of AHSTF enjoy an exciting journey!

Upon arrival in London, students are treated to a guided panoramic tour of London, the bustling capital city of England. During their two days in London, they enjoy a West End Theatre performance, an optional workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and free time to visit famous sites such as Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and more.

On the third day, groups take a scenic trip from London to Edinburgh, Scotland.  The next ten days are filled with rehearsals, performance at official AHSTF/Fringe venues, shows, workshops, an excursion to the picturesque seaside town of St. Andrews and historic Falkland Palace, the Royal Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, and so much more. By the end of their stay, many students consider this beautiful, unique, and friendly city a true ‘home away from home’.

2019 Sample Group Itinerary
(Subject to change) – Specific information about the 2019 trip will be posted as soon as we have it.

Day 1

  • Depart for London, England

Day 2

  • Arrive in London, England and we will be met by a licensed Blue Badge Guide who will lead us on a panoramic bus tour of London. See such sights as Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and more
  • Transport to accommodations for check-in and dinner

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Planned workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or spend day exploring the city

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Journey to Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Arrive at accommodations for check-in and dinner
  • Directors attend a meeting with AHSTF staff and tech team/students will rehearse Flash Mob!

Day 5

  • Breakfast and one other meal are provided in the university dining facility
  • Technical rehearsals begin
  • Edinburgh walking tours with a licensed Blue Badge Guide begin

Day 6

  • Breakfast and one other meal are provided in the university dining facility
  • Technical rehearsals and walking tours continue

Day 7 – 12

  • Breakfast and one other meal are provided in the university dining facility
  • Group Performances begin
  • Full day sightseeing begins
  • Attendance at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo begins
  • Attendance at our very own Scottish Ceilidh (Scottish dancing)

Day 13

  • Breakfast and one other meal are provided in the university dining facility
  • Enjoy a wrap party to celebrate your successful AHSTF run!

Day 14

  • Breakfast and airport transfer for your return home

Things to know about traveling to England and Scotland

  • The currency is pounds (a quid is slang for a pound, just as a buck is slang for a dollar)
  • The British drive in the left hand lane, the driver sits on the right hand side of the vehicle
  • If on the London Underground, you will need to “Mind The Gap”
  • Timetables and digital clocks are posted in 24 hour/military time
  • The time is five or six hours ahead of the United States, depending on the time of year

Words you know, but mean something different in England and Scotland – new words will be posted every Monday in August

  • Chips are called Crisps
    • If you order chips, you will get essentially steak fries
    • If you want potato chips, then ask for crisps

Great British Slang – definitions or new words will be posted every Monday in August

  • Gobsmacked
  • Bollocks
  • Skint
  • Gutted
  • Kerfuffle
  • Tosser
  • Blimey
  • Bloke
  • Brilliant
  • Cheers
  • Lovely
  • Chuffed
  • Dodgy
  • Have a gander
  • Potter
  • Knackered
  • Mate
  • Posh
  • Proper
  • Rubbish
  • Cheeky
  • Chuffed
  • Cracking
  • Doolally
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