SAHS theatre department earns international acclaim

August 29, 2019
HAMLUKE performers

The Stillwater Area High School performance of HAMLUKE was voted Best Play and Best Technical Production at the International Festival Fringe in Edinburgh,Scotland. Twenty-eight students from the SAHS theatre department traveled to Edinburgh this summer to perform under the direction of Grif Sadow, Theatre Coordinator and Brian McTier, Technical Director. 

They were among 40 high schools invited to represent the best in high school theatre at the prestigious festival. Thousands of performers take to 300 stages all over Edinburgh to present close to 4,000 shows. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists, the festival caters to everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, children’s shows, music, spoken word, exhibitions, and events.

Stillwater students performed HAMLUKE, which combines the Shakespearean language of Hamlet with the iconic characters from Star Wars. Puppetry, original madrigal music and projections added to the lavish and innovative costumes, properties, and set. Every production element from set, costumes, and technology was taken in the team’s luggage and traveled with the team.

This two-week educational theatre opportunity began in London where students attended a tour and acting workshop at the Globe theatre, saw a production of the Merry Wives of Windsor, and viewed the city from the London Eye. 

In Scotland, students participated in a musical theatre improv and technical design workshops, saw other high school and professional theatre productions, watched the Military Tattoo, traveled to the highland to see Stirling Castle, the Kelpies, and Loch Lomond, and performed and marketed the production on the Royal Mile. One of the students’ favorite activities was viewing the city of Edinburgh from the top of Arthur’s Seat.

Students will receive up to 3 college credits for their work. 

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