For the 21 Harlem High School drama students with their sights set on Scotland, the reality of the trip is just $20,000 away.
"We are so close to getting on that plane and we're $20,000 short of our goal," said drama teacher Roy Lewis.
Drama students have been involved in a myriad of fund-raisers to earn the $130,000 it will take to send the troupe to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. The trip Aug. 2-16 will cost $4,158 per person, not including production costs.
Harlem High was selected by the American High School Theatre Festival from about 500 applicants to fill one of the 30 slots at the festival.
The group has two upcoming fund-raisers they hope will make up the difference. The students will serve as waiters at the Golden Coral on June 3 and will have a yard sale on June 19.
On July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Imperial Theater, the troupe will perform Babes In Arms, the show they will take to Scotland. Admission is free.
What will happen if they don't meet their goal?
"Some kids won't be going," Lewis said. "There are six kids who just don't have the money right now. We're trying real hard to get them there."
The 21 selected for the cast start rehearsals June 7. They will practice from 3-6 p.m. three days a week until the festival.
Send donations to Harlem High School, c/o Roy Lewis, 1070 Appling- Harlem Highway, Harlem, Ga. 30814.
* Golden Corral, Thursday, June 3, from 4-9 p.m.
* Yard Sale, Saturday, June 19, 4681 Earhart Dr., Martinez, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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