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Kent State Theatre students invited to perform original work at Scotland’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Posted May. 1, 2014

A Collection of Grimm's Fairy Tales will be performed at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance is proud to announce that members of Transforum Theatre, a student organization dedicated to helping students pursue their passions and explore their creativity through art, have been invited to perform an original work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Aug. 18 – 23, 2014. Eight Kent State students, one recent graduate and faculty advisors Amy Fritsche and Chuck Richie will travel to Scotland to present “A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales” for an international audience. Written and directed by Transforum Theatre president and founder Daniel Ebert, the work combines and expands upon some of the most memorable stories written by the Brothers Grimm.

Transforum Theatre will host a fundraiser performance of “A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales” on Tues., May 6 at 8pm in the EZ Black Box Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. A donation of $5 is requested for admission.

Participation in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is an honor and an exciting opportunity for all involved, allowing students to hone their craft, gain practical experience and represent Kent State. Writer and director Daniel Ebert is thrilled to “head a student run grass roots effort to create what is essentially a small theatre company producing original work on an international stage.” In founding Transforum Theatre and participating in Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ebert wanted to maximize his and fellow classmates’ learning experiences in preparation for future careers. Ebert describes the upcoming trip as a “stressful, but phenomenal once in a lifetime experience.”

The fairy tales written and published by the Brothers Grimm in the 19th century inspired Ebert’s production. In producing the work, Transforum Theatre sought to revive the timeless and universal themes of the stories for modern audiences. “A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales” uses a variety of theatrical muses such as enhanced storytelling and shadow puppetry to give life to the classic tales.

In an additional effort to defray the estimated $27,000 cost of taking their production to Scotland, Transforum Theatre has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the hope of raising $10,000. Kickstarter is an online fundraising tool that helps fund creative projects. Project organizers set a goal and a deadline, only receiving the funding from donors if their goal is met within the time allotted. Transforum Theatre seeks to raise their $10,000 goal by May 21. Interested parties may visit Transforum Theatre’s Kickstarter website at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1028443110/a-collection-of-grimms-fairy-tales.

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and every year thousands of performers converge on Scotland’s capital city to celebrate arts and entertainments of all genres. For more information about the festival, visit www.edfringe.com.

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For more information contact:
Joni Koneval, jkoneval@kent.edu, 330-672-0116