YOUNG actors are set to represent Stafford at Edinburgh’s iconic fringe festival this summer.
Twenty-five 16 and 17-year-olds, who are members of Stafford Gatehouse’s youth theatre group, are set for a “oncein- a-lifetime” experience from Sunday, August 19.
The group will undertake a week of performances and promoting which will see them work alongside big names in the entertainment world and unheard-of artists looking to build their careers.
They will be performing the musical 13, which attracted sellout audiences at the MET Studio last year and has a rock score composed by award-winning writer Jason Robert Brown and a script written by Dan Elish.
The story is based around 12-year-old Evan Goldman, who is having a difficult time as his parents are in the midst of a divorce and his Bar Mitzvah is on the horizon.
To make matters even worse, his mother announces that his family are leaving New York and moving to the quiet town of Appleton in Indiana.
Artistic Programme Manager Derrick Gask said: “This is an amazing opportunity for our very talented youth theatre to perform at the world’s largest arts festival.
“These guys will be following in the footsteps of many talented performers, actors, musicians and comedians.
“The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a high-energy, highlypressured environment, but they are going to have a blast.
“We are planning a full itinerary for the group to attend a wide range of performances so they really get the most out of the experience.” There will be the opportunity to see 13, before it heads to Edinburgh, on Saturday 18 August at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
Tickets for the Gala performance are available for £12.50 and can be purchased by calling the box office on 01785 254653 or visiting www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk online.