Inspire School theater teacher participates in European arts festival


Inspire School of Arts and Sciences theater teacher Erin Horst was in Scotland this summer where she participated in one of the world’s premier arts festivals, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Horst went this summer to prepare to take 39 Inspire students next year as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe in 2019.

“This is not just a trip,” said Horst in a press release. “It is an important, life-changing experience that will touch not only the lives of 39 students traveling, but our entire Inspire community.”

Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is among the world’s largest and most prestigious arts festivals. The Fringe includes over 3,000 different performances of music, theater, dance and comedy during its three-week run.

Horst was recognized for her innovative and entertaining productions, and was selected by the AHSTF Board of Advisors, made up of college theater professionals, to represent Inspire and the Chico community as part of the 2019 Fringe. The selection board reviews all invited applications and identifies the top high school programs and directors based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies and recommendations.

Inspire students are planning to perform an American classic, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Edinburgh-bound Inspire students and their parents recently kicked off fundraising activities to finance the two-week trip to Scotland and England, and are being empowered by the North Valley Community Foundation.

Contributions and donations are welcome, and can be sent to the foundation, 240 Main St., Suite 260. Checks should be made out to the Edinburgh Fund.

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