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Closer to Fringe

Posted: September 1, 2012 - 11:08pm

The Juneau-Douglas High School Drama Department extends a hearty thank you to everyonewho made the recent fundraiser dinner, “Cabaret, Comedy and Cuisine” a success. Thanks to generous donations, 100% of the proceeds from this event went toward the Scotland 2013 fund. Thank you to Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure who donated use of their facility. Thanks to Megan Felts of North Star Academy who donated her time and skills, preparing students for vocal performances and the Juneau Lyric Opera who lent us sound equipment. Thanks to the Perov family for donating salmon and the following businesses who made donations: Costco, Safeway, Wal-Mart, Odom Corporation, Super Bear Supermarket, Fred Meyer, Glacier Gardens and Heritage Coffee, as well as Chapel by the Lake and Church of the Nazarene. Thank you to all the parents who donated toward the dinner and desserts and gift baskets for the auction. And finally, we thank you, our community, who attended this event and were so generous with both your appreciation of the evening and with your financial support.

The JDHS Drama Department was recently named one of the best high school drama departments in the Nation for 2012 by the American High School Theater Festival Committee out of the more than 2,200 departments nominated. JDHS Drama is one of the 40 programs selected to attend the AHSTF in 2013; this two-week, all inclusive programs runs in conjunction with the world renowned Fringe Festival in Scotland. The students will produce a four-performance run play at the festival, collaborate with other top drama programs, and participate in workshops, sight-see and the list goes on. They will represent their school and community on this adventure.

There are 25 eligible students involved in the JDHS drama program slated to go on this trip. To remain eligible, in addition to the fundraising, students must be committed to the JDHS drama program, participate in school productions, take related courses and maintain grades and attendance standards required for travel. The students must work as a team to earn the funds necessary. It is estimated this will cost $6,500 per student or a total of $162,500 — no easy feat. Fundraising started this spring. Including this past event, the kids have raised almost $47,000! This event was a big step along the way to making Scotland 2013 a reality!

If you would like to help support this great cause, tax deductible donations of any amount can be sent to the Juneau School district C/O JDHS Drama, 10014 Crazy Horse Drive, Juneau, AK 99801. You can also help by attending any of our future fundraising events and performances or purchasing ads for any of our upcoming three plays this season. JDHS Drama will be performing “Hairspray” in a joint venture with the Juneau Lyric Opera in November, Annie in February and another production in the spring, which will be performed at the Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Thank you again for your support,

JDHS Drama Families

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