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Board honors Elsie’s theater troupe

The Elsie Allen theater players returned home from their stay in London and performance run at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Fest just in time for the start of school last week. On Wednesday, the troupe was honored by the Santa Rosa School Board. “You have made your community very proud,” said board member Donna Jeye. Andrea Carrillo, an Elsie senior who wrote the one-act play “Happiness” that was performed in Scotland, said the whole trip blew her away. “To see people’s… Read More »

UPDATED: Elsie teacher updating Fringe blog

UPDATE: Per a reader comment from Lobo theater mom Kathy Korlin below, here is a link to a Facebook page that has tons of photos of high school students performing their show in Edinburgh. I did a quick look and didn’t see the Elsie and Montgomery crews but if anyone finds them and posts the link below, I’ll add it to the post. Either way, it’s a fun FB page. Happy hunting. http://www.facebook.com/AHSTF#!/AHSTF?closeTheater=1 ____ Interested in how Fringe Fest is… Read More »

Montgomery, Elsie thespians take off today

Sonoma County students are heading to Scotland. Montgomery High School thespians met their $80,000 fundraising goal and will be performing at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest art festival next week. A troupe from Elsie Allen High also met their goals and are setting off today as well. The Montgomery group will perform “Spring Fever” in four performances, using the Church Hill Theatre as their stage. “I’m so thankful to all the amazing individuals in our community and beyond who… Read More »

Time to rally for the Montgomery Fringe effort

It’s a big weekend for the Montgomery High School drama crew. The group needs $7,000 more to reach its fundraising goal to send 10 people to Scotland in August for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The final push for funds comes tonight, Saturday and Sunday as students will stage performances and collect funds to hopefully put them over to the top on their fundraising goals. Tonight and Saturday, students will perform the six one-act plays they’ll stage in Scotland. Tickets are… Read More »

Montgomery fundraising for Fringe

Musicians from Montgomery High School will provide the background music for “A Taste of Montgomery Village,” a fundraiser for the high school drama department. The school is slated to send a small troupe of drama students to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this summer – a three week event in August that turns street corners and churches, as well as traditional theaters, into performing arts spaces for the biggest theater festival in the world. “A Taste of Montgomery Village” runs from… Read More »

More on Elsie’s One-Act Play Fest tonight

If you read about Elsie Allen High’s One-Act Play Festival running tonight and Saturday in today’s Press Democrat but can’t make it, here are a few more places to see and support Elsie’s efforts to make it the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. According to booster (and theater mom) Kathy Korlin, the Lobos have about $43,000 of the $63,000 they need to take 10 people to the festival in August. Lobo Lounge at CHOPS, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25. “From Motown to Edinburgh”… Read More »

UPDATED: Montgomery’s Fringe Fest quest begins Monday

UPDATE: Sue Bryne sent over photos of some of the performers lined up to perform Monday night. ___________ I’m working on a story about Montgomery High School’s efforts to get to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next summer. Story expected to run over the weekend. Meantime, those interested in attending the group’s first big fundraiser can find information about that event here: Monday Dec. 27 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Jackson Theatre, 4400 Day School Place in Santa Rosa.… Read More »

UPDATED: Elsie’s Fringe Fest quest gets boost

UPDATE: Here are some additional photos from teh presentation, courtesy of Elsie’s theater instructor Rob Burt. ____ Remember Elsie Allen’s quest to attend the Edinburg Fringe Fest next summer? Members of the Lobo theater community are working hard to make it happen. This week the group received a $2,500 boost. Press Democrat columnist Chris Smith did a nice item on the presentation. Read it here: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20101201/NEWS/101209915/1068/news?Title=Why-was-everyone-crying-at-Elsie-Allen- Montgomery High School is also aiming to attend the same festival – a three… Read More »

Hot Cuban night pulls in cool $6K for Elsie Allen

Theater fans and Elsie Allen backers pulled in about $6,000 at a fundraising event last Saturday night, according to organizers hoping to send members of Elsie’s drama department to the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Sept. 4 event was Cuban themed and featured Cuban eats and dance lessons from Edna and Dick Lucero with live music by Orquesta Batacha. Guests included Marcos Suarez, Santa Rosa City Councilman Ernesto Olivares, artist Mario Uribe, Mary Jane Schneider and Brian O’Malley, according to organizers. Elsie hopes… Read More »

Elsie’s Fringe Fest quest is going Cuban

Elsie Allen High School and their theater backers are hosting an upcoming fundraiser to help send a small troupe of thespians and playwrights to the 2011 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. The fringe fest is a three week event that sprouts plays, music, performances and what sounds like all kinds of fun on just about every corner and venue in the city every August. A crew from Montgomery High School was also invited to the massive arts fest in 2011 and… Read More »