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February 17, 2013

On the Fringe

Lawrence High students help classmates get to theater festival in Scotland

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Darrach was working on her second chair, after finishing a chair painted in white with black and white zig zag lines on its seat. Even Evangelista decorated the seat of a chair to look like piano keys and the word, “Inspire” on its back rest. To finish it off, he was going to add sheet music.

Vasquez, who is taking ceramics classes is one of several students painting antique chairs also to put up for bid.

“This is a real creative way to raise funds,” said Vasquez.. “It’s also a chance to showcase our own work and show our other talents.”

Ortiz decided to decorate the seat of a stool with Audrey II, the blood sucking plant from the play, “Little Shop of Horrors” and the name of Audrey II’s victims written on the stool’s four legs.

“I felt restricted with a chair and I thought the stool was more suitable for the painting,” Ortiz said.

Caminero, who is part of the production crew, said the reason she was also decorating a chair was simple.

“I’m helping because it’s a team effort,” Caminero said. “I can also show my creative side.”

Superintendent Jeff Riley said for years the theater department has had to pay for everything on its own, with no financial support from the district. But for the first time this year, they were given a budget to run the program. Riley praised the staff members and students in the theater department for creating the original play, competing for and winning a coveted spot in the Fringe Festival, and raising the money to get there.

“They’re the perfect example of why the district and city needs to support its young artistic talent — which I see a ton of in Lawrence and I think this community will be there for them now, when they have this great opportunity,” Riley said.

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