May 18, 1998


Community collaboration begins for musical fundraiser for WHS Scotland trip

The Reason
   The Woodinville High School drama department has been chosen to perform in the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's largest performing arts festival. During the past 51 years, the festival has grown to more than 15,289 different performances of music, theatre, dance and comedy from more than 30 countries. American high schools have only been involved for the past five years. The festival attracts a half a million spectators and performers each year. Every inch of the city of Edinburgh is transformed into a stage. Performances can be seen anywhere from theatres and parks to moving buses and swimming pools.
   WHS, along with 18 other high schools, will represent the United States as part of the American High School Theatre Festival (AHSTF). Hjalmer Anderson, WHS drama director, will be the guest of AHSTF in Scotland this August to become familiar with the festival. AHSTF relies on nominations from state, regional, national and college theatre organizations to help make its decision. The top high schools are evaluated on works, awards, honors, technical ability, community involvement, philosophies and recommendations. Each school that is nominated receives an application. The applications are reviewed by a Board of Advisors and then reviewed by the AHSTF. Winners are notified in April.
   The Woodinville Event
   To help raise funds to offset the cost of sending WHS students and musicians to Scotland in 1999, there will be a community-wide musical performance next March. All proceeds will benefit the Scotland trip.
   What You Can Do
   Local community members are asked to recall interesting memories and share them through mail, email or tape. The history of Woodinville, from the time of the Indians and their dugout canoes to the present, will be acted out in song, dance and theatrical skits next March in Woodinville High School's theater. The 2 1/2 hour performance will be videotaped for later library, school and community use.
   Hjalmer Anderson, Woodinville High School drama director, and Carol Edwards, Publisher of The Woodinville Weekly are co-producers of the show. All aspects of the show will be based on volunteer talent, support and donations. Local stories can be submitted to Don Julien at the Woodinville Library or to The Woodinville Weekly office, or emailed to cedwards@woodinville. com or faxed to 425-486-7593.
   The script will be written during the summer and early fall. An audition call will be made in December for local community singers, dancers and actors to volunteer. If you would like to become involved in this or other fund-raising efforts for the students, call Woodinville High School drama director Hjalmer Anderson at 425-489-6751 or Carol Edwards at 425-483-0606. You can also leave a message on the 24 hour line 425-485-5958. Cash contributions would also be appreciated.