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Belt Valley Shakespeare Players perform at prestigious festival in Scotland

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After a year of preparation and fundraising, eleven actors from seventh to 12th grade from Belt traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform at the world's largest arts gathering, the Festival Fringe.

The Belt Valley Shakespeare Players practiced and performed a slightly abridged version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" before learning they had been selected.

After earning the prestigious spot, they had to raise $110,000 to make the trip. 

The actors flew into London on July 29 accompanied by Director Jeff Ross, Assistant Director Elizabeth Harrison, and Costume Designer Karen Schmidt and three parent chaperones.  

After arriving, they caught a workshop of "Much Ado About Nothing" at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

They then watched the Royal Shakespeare Company perform the same play they would perform, The Tempest.

The remainder of the trip was in Edinburgh. 

For many of the students, this was their first time across the ocean and the trip made a huge impact on their lives. 

"I'm really impressed with how dedicated some of us were," Julia Vogt said. "Like just getting there and showing up early for practices, fundraising, all that."

Keaghan Opheim added that he was proud of the amazing job the group did.

"I think we went there to a place of the best professional quality and we held our own very well," he said. 

The group performed "The Tempest" four times at the festival and received praise for their performances. 

The players are currently juggling between a tragedy and a comedy for their next play.

The juniors who went on the trip have four more plays to perform, several times each, for the remainder of their high school careers. 

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