The Stratford Festival of Canada in Ontario is the destination Thursday of a group of selected juniors and seniors in English honors courses at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream.
Their much-anticipated trip is meant to enrich the teens' backgrounds by attending several plays featuring classic literature.
Described by past honors students who traveled there as "the highlight of their year," the trip is meant to give the students a chance to view another culture while seeing performances by one of the best Shakespeare repertory companies in North America.
"While we are there, we will get to explore all day and attend one play in the afternoon and three others at night," said junior Dianna Heitz of Carol Stream.
The plays the students will be seeing include Raby's "The Three Musketeers" by Alexander Dumas, Shakespeare's "Hamlet," Moliere's "Tartuffe" and Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest."
"These students are at an advantage because they will have the benefit of watching professional theater at an affordable price," said teacher and chaperone Dennis Erford. "It will be very beneficial for those students attending it."
Because of the large turnout in past years, the coordinators of this year's trip were unsure of how many students would be interested. So the trip was limited to 40 juniors and seniors and a lottery system was devised in case there were more who wished to attend. …