Friendswood High School Theatre received a coveted invitation to perform at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in the summer of 2019, the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festival.
“The FHS Theatre program as our Fine Arts program reflects our mission to train students to the highest educational standards, said Katherine Powdrell Director of FHS Theatre Program. “After so many years, it is indeed exciting to have built a strong program worthy of such world-wide honor.”
Organized by the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF), the Scottish city is transformed each August into an international stage of 3,000 different performances of music theatre, dance, and comedy during the three-week festival.
All across the nation, high schools were nominated by collegiate theater professionals and went through a rigorous application process that is “designed for schools to demonstrate that their theater program is a vibrant, culturally significant organization.”
Each year, the AHSTF Board of Advisors reviews all applications and identifies the top high schools by analyzing recent productions, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations.
Participation in the AHSTF provides students with a lifetime of educational and theatrical experiences and allows students to learn how hard work, discipline, dedication, and cooperation pays off.
FHS Theatre won the AHSTF award in 2001 but was not able to attend. FHS students will perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland for the 25 Anniversary of the AHSTF.
In 1994, a group of high school and college drama professionals recognized the need for an international forum where outstanding high school performers could showcase their talent and gain valuable experience. The result was the creation of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF), which takes place every summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. AHSTF will celebrate its 24th anniversary in August 2018!
This one-of-a-kind opportunity allows high school students to perform in the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe! The American High School Theatre Festival runs in conjunction with the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Top high school programs are nominated and must apply to participate.
“After so many years, it is indeed exciting to have built a strong Theatre program worthy of such world-wide honor,” said Powdrell.