The group in Scotland.
Before today’s performance, we attended another high school's play and rehearsed our own. Free moments are hard to come by here, but dedication is engrained in each member of the team. Fairlight Chemelli ’19 explains, “We’ve worked really hard, we have been rehearsing so much, and everyone has been tired, but it is totally worth it. This has been a great experience.” After tonight's performance, everyone rushed off to various venues to see shows. As time is running out, we are all realizing how hard it is to fit everything we want to see in our schedule; some tough ticket-purchasing choices have to be made in the upcoming days. A large group of us saw Tape Face, who was a huge star on America's Got Talent last year.
August 18, 2017: Final Performance An entire month's work of rehearsals and a year's worth of material all came to a close tonight as the girls performed “Room” for the final time. The performance was gorgeous — the best I have seen it done — and the audience agreed, giving the girls a standing ovation at the end. It was a bittersweet moment as they took their final bow, but Brian helped prep them for it during the morning's rehearsal. He said, “Don't let your nostalgia or thoughtfulness about your life taking on a new chapter override this incredible opportunity. Take this opportunity as a performer. Don't worry about the future; don't let that take away from you being 100,000 percent invested in this moment.”
Even though everyone is sad to say goodbye to the performing aspect of Fringe, it is hard to be too upset with two full days left in Edinburgh. Most of our schedules for the weekend include 4-6 shows daily; we will not feel ready to leave until we've seen all that we possibly can. The dancers set to return to LA this fall are already gaining inspiration for and creating new shows to perform this upcoming year.
August 19, 2017: Freedom! The only thing required of us today was a morning meeting to debrief with the adults about our plans, and then we were completely free. Ironically, despite all making different plans in various small groups, the entire dance team happened to go to two of the same shows today. Considering that both those shows were dance performances, perhaps it's not so coincidental, because everyone seems to share somewhat of a similar taste. I first went to a two-man show about PTSD, then shopped around the Royal Mile, then watched an all-men’s ballet group, a modern dance group, and finally a Scottish ballet/hip-hop troupe — lot of dance, yes, but the variety from show to show was still astounding. The possibilities truly are endless. The day, along with the trip, is slowly winding down, but, thankfully, we still have one last day to soak it all in.
FALL 2018 LAWRENCE ACADEMY 15
Lawrence Academy's annual alumni magazine.