BankRI Helps Send Hope High to Edinburgh Festival
Saturday, August 06, 2011
So when this year's young troupe from Hope High made the cut for Edinburgh, it was going to take some creative financing to get them there. And BankRI stepped up this week to play a role.
BankRI donated $2,500 to support the students, who will participate in numerous workshops at the Festival while they hone their craft and learn about the culture of the United Kingdom.
Taking Triangle to Scotland
The Hope High School Theatre students will have the opportunity to perform a new play called Triangle in Providence and in Scotland. This play deals with the historical fire at the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and was called the “fire that changed America”.
“The Edinburgh Festival Fringe represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these young artists, one we hope will serve as a catalyst for a lifetime of involvement in the arts,” said Patricia O’Donnell Saracino, Vice President of Community Relations at BankRI.
The students will also spend time in London, where they will see theater in the world-famous West End, tour the Globe Theatre and participate in a workshop with professional Shakespearian actors.
On the trip the students will also have an opportunity to learn the Scottish dances from professionals at the Festival Celidh, they will tour the British Museum and Sterling Castle, and will visit the hills of Troussachs. The trip will be a unique experience for the group of inner-city students.
The total cost of the trip, including room, board and equipment is more than $100,000. The students are still raising funds for the trip (they're down to the last $10,000) and donations should be made out to Hope High School, care of Christine Auxier, 324 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906.
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