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Travel Notes: Amity Students Explore the Scottish Highlands: Kennedy To Speak At Fringe’s Closing Ceremony

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Aug 232012
 

As their adventure of a lifetime winds down, Amity Drama teacher Rob Kennedy, fellow chaperone Julie Chevan, and 15 Amity Performing Arts students are making the most of their last days in Scotland where the students were invited to perform the play “Almost, Maine” at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.

Kennedy’s latest installment from the trip, posted Wednesday, Aug. 22, goes as follows:

“Exhausted! Why? Left at 8 a.m. for an all-day tour of Stirling Castle (Home to Mary Queen of Scotts and the site of many battles of William  “Braveheart” Wallace), met a Highland Coo (that’s the way they pronounce it), climbed the highlands, danced among the heather and shopped till we dropped at a local woolen mill.”

“Afterwards we saw a ton of shows including: “One Man Lord of the Rings,” “Sweeney Todd” and “The Blind,”” he wrote. “Still others took part in a Edinburgh dungeon and ghost tour! Phew!”

Today, August 23, is the closing ceremonies for the Fringe Festival, where Kennedy has been asked to speak. It also is the group’s last opportunity to see some of the best theater in the world.

Orange Live looks forward to welcoming these wonderful kids and their chaperones back to Amity just before the start of the new school year.

Fringe Festival is Coming To An End, Amity Students Continue to Shine

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Aug 202012
 

Amity students perform a scene from Almost Maine in Scotland

The Amity students who were invited to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, are winding down their visit.

On Sunday, Director Rob Kennedy wrote, “A quiet work day here in Fringe Land. This morning we handed out more flyers on the Royal Mile. Saw a student production of a Roman Comedy and performed an 8 p.m. show for our largest and most responsive audience yet. Oh and our door on the set got jammed in the first scene. Our awesome kids just worked around it and blocked the scene on the fly!”

After, they had pizza in the company of their new friends from Alberta Canada.

“Tomorrow (Monday) we close,” Kennedy said.

Visiting parent, Russ Adair wrote on the Amity theater site, “Saw the kids perform the third time in Edinburgh tonight and they were so on. They were led by the best audience yet. Everyone was into the show from the start. Major laughs and moving moments. Even a malfunctioning door (the only real set piece) could not throw them. They all ad libbed around it. Great job!”

Travel Notes: Amity Creative Theater in Europe

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Aug 132012
 

Rob Kennedy and the Amity Creative Arts kids on the NBC Nightly News from London, England.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, 14 talented students from the Amity Creative Theater and two award winning chaperones, Director Rob Kennedy and Costume Designer Julie Chevan embarked on the adventure of a lifetime — A trip to Europe and the opportunity for the students to perform the play “Almost Maine” before a global audience at the Fringe Festival in Edinberg, Scotland.

They hopped on an airplane in New York, and took an overnight flight to Heathrow Airport in London, England.

The group, wearing matching blue “Almost Maine” T-Shirts immediately began sight-seeing.

Kennedy reports they went “Right onto the Tube and into London. Saw Big Ben, Parliament, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace. We also watched the Olympic Mens Marathon. The city is electric! Our group was interviewed by NBC Nightly News which (aired on Sunday) at 6:30 p.m.

They were sleeping at the University of Birmingham Sunday and off to Stratford upon Avon first thing in the morning, today.

Here are some of Kennedy’s photos from the trip so far.

 

 

Amity Theater Kids On The Way To Scotland

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Aug 112012
 

Amity Students from the Amity Theater Department left Woodbridge today for Scotland. (Photo by Ginger Ballou)

The Amity Performing Arts Kids left today for Europe where they will perform at the Fringe Festival in Scotland.

The talented students were invited to perform the play Almost Maine at the renowned festival.

For several months they held fund-raisers to accumulate enough money to pay for the cost of $1,000 each to attend and now they are on their way.

Orange Live loves the Amity Theater Department and all of these terrific kids.

Good Luck on this adventure, and I look forward to sharing all your photos and stories with Orange Live readers.

 

A scene from Amity’s production of Almost Maine