It’s a midsummer night’s dream come true for a group of Edmonton high school drama students who have been chosen to perform at the prestigious Edinburgh arts festival in Scotland this summer.
For M.E. LaZerte High School drama teacher Pamela Schmunk, an invitation to be one of only a handful of Canadian schools to perform at the festival eclipsed her wildest imagination.
“When we got accepted, I was really, truly shocked,” she said. The company will be putting a Canadian spin on the Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a version set in a logging town on a B.C. island in the 1960s.
Christina Harbak, a member of the student company, said the group is setting high goals for the festival.
“I feel that since we’re travelling abroad it’s kind of go big or go home,” Harbak said. “If we’re going to do a show, lets do the most professional show we can.”
The festival will be the culmination of a year’s work for staff, students and parents to raise money for the trip.
“It’s been a huge commitment,” Schmunk said.
Students from École Secondaire Beaumont Composite High School will also be Representing Alberta at the festival.