Ossining Drama Program Seeks Help To Fund Trip To Scotland Theatre Festival

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining High School's Drama Program is seeking help from the community to fund a trip to the 2016 American High School Theatre Festival in Scotland after being selected among more than 2,500 applicants.

<p>Jessica Beattie</p>

Jessica Beattie

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The program was among more than 2,500 that were nominated to be in the 22nd annual festival, which runs in conjunction with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Some 50 high schools from the United States and Canada are expected to attend the festival in August 2016.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American High School Theatre Festival,” said Jessica Beattie, Ossining High School’s theater director. “The Ossining High School Theater Program reflects a community of students from diverse backgrounds who are passionate about creating theater arts together.”

About 16 Ossining students will spend 10 nights in Edinburgh and two nights in London next August.

Beattie said the total cost of the trip for groups flying out of East Coast airports for this year’s festival ranges from about $6,200 to $6,700 per person.

If community members would like to make a donation or help with fundraising, contact Beattie at

“We need help in making this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity happen for our students,” she said.

Students will audition in the upcoming weeks for the Roadshow Production. They will work on a play throughout the school year and take it on the road to Scotland next year. The Ossining students involved in the production will include actors and crew members.

Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, theater professor/director Maria Porter Clements and Michael Boatman, a professional actor and parent of an OHS theater alumni, nominated Ossining’s program for the festival. 

Beattie submitted a lengthy application that included course curriculum, press releases and DVDs of “The Road to Rent,” a student documentary about the production of Ossining’s “Rent School Edition” musical in 2013.  

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