PROVO For the second time, a theater group from Utah has been invited to perform at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The first group was from Lehi High School under the direction of Jan Sheldon.
This time, the drama students from Meridian High School in Provo have the honor.
Despite their excitement at being asked, students are going to need money and a lot of it: $140,000 in all.
"It's been a lot of work trying to raise funds for the trip," said Janette Duckworth. "The kids have really worked hard raising over $35,000 on fundraisers all year. Now we are trying to raise another $20,000."
Eighteen performers, along with directors Mindy Young, Cherish Caldwell and music director Cam Cahoon, will be traveling to Scotland along with chaperones.
Several corporate sponsors have signed on including, Carrabas, Culinary Crafts, Fabric Center, Lauren Dalzen DDS, Montreaux Luxury Golf Villas, Noodles and Company, Remedez Spa, Richards & Duckworth CPAs, SCERA, Taylor Maid and Xango.
But Duckworth said they need more.
To raise the rest of the money the students are hosting a children's theater workshop for ages 6-12 July 21-26 with classes on improv, stunt fighting, character development, auditioning, music and dance. At the conclusion of the week, participants will present an abbreviated version of "Seussical."
On July 28, at Noodles and Company, 283 E. University Parkway, 25 percent of all sales will go toward the Scotland trip fund.
The final fundraiser is a preview performance of the show "Seussical," the show the students will take to Scotland for exhibition."These kids have been working hard. They have been fundraising since October and rehearsing with no break since school let out," said Duckworth.
If you go:
What: Fundraiser events: Summer theater workshop for kids July 21-26; Noodles and Company benefit night July 28, 5-10 p.m.; preview of "Seussical, the Musical" Aug.
Cost: Workshop: $125, show: $10.
Where: Meridian High School, 931 E. 300 North, Provo