Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Students Set Sights on Edinburgh; Kilts Hopes to Raise $84,000

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Students Set Sights on Edinburgh; Kilts Hopes to Raise $84,000

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A small group of students at Ladue High School is savoring its invitation to perform at a prestigious theater festival in August in Edinburgh.

The 19 students, part of Ladue's theater department, are calling themselves KILTS, or Kids in Ladue to Scotland. They are raising the $84,000 needed to transport themselves, three alumni directors and four adult chaperones to Edinburgh.

Once overseas, they will briefly tour London then perform in the American High School Theatre Festival, held in conjunction with Edinburgh's Fringe Festival. Thousands of directors, actors, producers and theatergoers flock to Edinburgh for the annual festival. Only 20 high schools in the United States are invited to take part in the high-school festival. Nominations are made by theater officials based on a school's work in the past three years. After Ladue was nominated, Kurt Knoedelseder, the school's theater director, began working in secret on the 30-page application. "We were in the middle of rehearsal for a play, and I didn't want their heads to get too big," he said. Sarah Scott, a senior and president of the Thespian Society, said, "I felt proud that the nomination was for the three years I've been here. I always thought we were awesome, but it was great to realize someone else thought so, too." Amanda Sher, a junior and treasurer of the Thespian Society, said, "We were overwhelmed. It didn't hit us until later that we're going to London; we're going to perform in front of a lot of people." With parental support, the students have worked on a steady stream of fund-raisers: car washes, a garage sale, gift-basket sales, a baby-sitting day in holiday shopping season. Amanda said, "After an hour and a half of baby-sitting the kids, it was like, `Remind me of Scotland.' You have to keep reminding yourself what you're doing it for. …

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