Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

How are schools nominated for this honor?

AHSTF relies on directors from state, regional, provincial, and national theatre associations and conferences to nominate top high school theatre programs. College theatre directors and AHSTF alumni are also asked to submit nominations.

Who selects the schools to participate in AHSTF?

Applications are sent to nominated schools. Completed application packets are forwarded to our Board of Advisors, made up of respected college drama professionals. Our Board ranks the applications based on the following criteria: most recent bodies of work, honors and awards, technical ability, community involvement, philosophies, recommendations and overall dramatic excellence. Top ranking applicants are invited to represent the United States and Canada at the Fringe as members of AHSTF.

How much time do we get to perform?

You will have four performances. Time slots at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are two hours long. Performances should be no more than to 1-½ hours to ensure enough time to load-in and strike.

What kinds of sets are typical at the Fringe Festival?

Simple sets are the best! The spirit of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is to use any space that can be rented. This includes alleyways, conference rooms, church halls, nursery schools, and other types of non-traditional theatre space. AHSTF provides high quality Fringe venues which include a stage, adequate audience seating and both lighting and sound equipment. Some props (i.e. chair, bed, table, lamp…) can be rented for an additional cost in Edinburgh. Unit sets and area staging work well. Travel light and keep it simple.

Does AHSTF provide technical assistance?

Yes! Each group works with a team of technical advisors throughout the year prior to and during the AHSTF experience in Edinburgh. Our experienced technical team will help you and your students coordinate a performance that travels and plays well at the Fringe.

What is the typical AHSTF Fringe show?

Typical Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows are not extravagant in nature. Our past stages have been approximately 18’ X 30’ and 30’ X 21’ with limited wing and storage space. Your AHSTF Fringe venue will include basic light, sound and audience seating. Please note that we do not equip our theatre to handle complex productions. Keep this in mind as you put your production together.

What is the Familiarization (FAM) Trip?

The FAM Trip is a one-week tour to Edinburgh for AHSTF accepted directors to experience AHSTF and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe first-hand during the summer prior to the schools’ participation. This trip usually falls in the middle of August. As a director planning to attend AHSTF, this will be an invaluable experience.

Who travels with each group?

A group usually consists of students (performers, backstage and technical crew), the theatre director, and both teacher and parent chaperones. Participating students will be freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors during the year your group performs at AHSTF. The average size for an AHSTF group is 25-35. However, we have had a group as large as 106 participants attend AHSTF. The program is open to all students with an interest in theatre!

What educational components can I expect?

The WorldStrides mission of enriching students’ lives through experiential travel is fully realized with AHSTF. From performance to tech rehearsal, to optional theatre workshops, AHSTF offers true hands-on learning. Additionally, high school credit is available for students, and professional development points are awarded to directors.

How will my group’s travel plans be coordinated?

AHSTF’s full-time staff coordinates the program. All travel, touring and performance arrangements are coordinated through our association with WorldStrides. As a member of the WorldStrides family, AHSTF combines theatre education with the industry’s best insurance protection policy to provide the highest-quality educational travel experience. WorldStrides’ team-based support is evident from the personal account manager we provide for each group, to the staff in London and Edinburgh in the form of guides, bus drivers, tech team crew, and on-site logistical staff.

How does AHSTF address safety?

AHSTF is backed by WorldStrides, the leader in student travel for nearly 50 years. AHSTF provides nighttime security at the group’s residences, 24-hour stateside support, and on-site offices in both London and Edinburgh. Your group’s safety is our primary concern, offering the peace of mind you should expect. The combined experience of AHSTF and WorldStrides in safely moving large numbers of students across the globe is second to none.

What performances have been done recently?

2013 The Ants; Argonautika; Blind Love/A Play with Words; The Brothers’ Grimm Spectaculathon; The Cautionary Tales of Struwwelpeter; Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens; The Emperor Wolf; The Ghost of Twin Oaks; Godspell; Hamlette; Head Over Heels; The High-Schooler’s Guide to the Galaxy; Leaving Iowa; The Medicine Showdown; A Mysterical, Disneycal Choose Your Own Adventure; Pandora’s Box; The Penelopiad; Rabbit Hole; The Rimers of Eldritch; See Change; Shakesperience; Twelfth Night: UNPLUGGED; Working; The Yellow Boat; Zombie Prom; All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten; ¡Bocón!; Circle Game; The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged; The Fabric of Heaven; Graceland; The Imaginary Invalid; The Making of Something Awesome; Midsummer/Jersey; Pippin; Return to the Forbidden Planet; Rockin’ Red Riding Hood; Seussical; Shadows; Sleeping Beauty and the Spinner; Songs for a New World; Snoopy the Musical; Speak Truth to Power

2012 The Cactus Gulch Opry House; Tartuffe; Dr. Seuss, I Love You!; 12th Night: Serenade; A Streetcar Named Desire; Measures to Measures; Battle at Little Creek; Hamlet & Other Theatrical Nightmares; Candide, Dearly Departed; The Hole; Cinderella, the Musical; 30 Neo-Futurist Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind; You Don’t Know Me; The Adding Machine; The Talented Mr. Ripley; Give & Take; The Exonerated; Urinetown; Marat/Sade; Deadly Medley; Fables Here and Then; Apocalypse or Bust!; Chicken Bones for the Teenage Soup; Criminals, Lunatics, Women and Idiots; Sir Gawain, The Yellow Knight; I Never Saw Another Butterfly; Mostellaria (The Haunted House); Village of Idiots; SOS Courtship; The Jungle Book; Almost, Maine; The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon; Wonderland; All in the Timing