Members of the cast of King Island Christmas, a musical based on a book by the late Jean Rogers, are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their trip to Scotland to participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aug. 6-9.
The King Island group is one of three local organizations planning to head overseas to perform this summer: Members of the JDHS Theatre Department, under the direction of Michaela Moore, will be taking their spring production of “Pippin” to the Fringe as part of the American High School Theatre Festival, and young musicians of The Aurora Strings, under the direction of Gou Hua Xia, are headed to China.
King Island cast members have been fundraising for the Fringe trip since last fall. The group is composed of members of the Alaska Youth Choir, as well as adults who have sung in the show in the past. At the Fringe they’ll be musically directed by Missouri Smyth, stage directed by Deborah Smith, and accompanied by pianist, Kimberly Andrews. Sharon Gaiptman will be the producer. The group will perform six times at the Gryphon Venues in Edinburgh during the Festival – as well as three times in Juneau at the end of July.
All productions of King Island Christmas will be dedicated to the memory of Jean Rogers who passed away earlier this year.
The group’s Kickstarter video will remain online until May 21, with its mini-goal of $10,000. The video is viewable by visiting AKKIC.com (goingoverthemountain.webs.com), or by Googling “King Island Christmas Kickstarter”.
You can also support the group’s trip through concession sales at this weekend’s Jazz & Classics festival events: the Grace Kelly Quintet concert at the JACC on Friday night, and the Grand Finale with Booker T. on Saturday night at Centennial Hall.
The Festival Fringe was created by artists in 1947 who were not invited to perform in the Edinburgh Festival, their intent was to perform “on the fringe” of the more competitive, invitation-only event, requiring neither invitation nor adjudication. Since its inception, numerous other “fringe festivals” have been created in Europe and throughout the globe; but it’s the Edinburgh event that remains the world’s largest arts festival, and one of Great Britain’s and Europe’s largest tourism draws.
For more, visit goingoverthemountain.webs.com,