The Culver Academies Theatre Department will be presenting the play Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies at 7:30 Saturday, Aug. 8, before the cast and crew packs up and heads to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Aug. 11.
The play will be presented as it will be staged at the Fringe, with seating limited to 80 people and the audience will be seated on the Eppley Auditorium stage. Tickets for Saturday’s performance will be $10 each and will include a dessert reception with the cast following the play. Tickets are available in advance via email or by calling the Eppley box office at (574) 842-7058. All proceeds will be used to cover the cost of the trip.
Written by Luigi Jannuzzi, Exhibit This! is a fast-paced series of comedic plays and monologues based on more than 50 exhibits at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The paintings, sculptures, and antiquities emerge from their molds and frames to talk with artists, guards, critics, lovers, curators, and even the audience.
Under the direction and supervision of Director of Theatre Richard Coven and Theatre Tech Director Marsha Coven, the 10 actors and five stage crew members will perform Exhibit This! as part of the 2015 American High School Theatre Festival, which is part of the Fringe. The students will be performing in the Church Hill Studio on Aug. 16, 17, 19, and 20, Richard Coven said.
Culver Academies was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisers. Each year, the board reviews applications and selects the top high schools based on their recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations. Culver also made the trip in 2005 and 2011.
With nearly 3,000 productions, 40,000 performances and thousands of performers from across the globe, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest performance arts festival in the world. Approximately two million people attend the three-week event.
The group will first stop in London on August 12 and spend just over two days visiting some of England’s historic sites before heading by train to Scotland. They will return to campus on Aug. 23. Also traveling with the group will be Humanities Instructors Richard and Catherine Battersby and Associate Instructor of Theatre Anthony Karpinski.