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Charles Dickens and Oakland School for the Arts Fringe Festival 2013

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Thank you for visiting our website! This website is dedicated for the collection of donations for the troupe of Oakland School for the Arts ("OSA") actors who are part of the cast of The Mystery of Edwin Drood performed on December 15, 2013. It was a fabulous event and the actors were able to show the guests just what type of high caliber actors OSA produces. Thank you to everyone who attended.

For those guests that were unable to attend, here is a little bit about the school and the students. OSA is a public charter school nestled in the heart of Oakland, California, and shares a home with the famous Fox Theatre (oakarts.org). All the students that attend OSA go through rigorous auditions to get a spot in their grade and the shows and exhibits that are created by these students are fantastic - a must see. We have students from all over the Bay Area and beyond attending our school and the quality of this public school cannot be surpassed. The theatre department at OSA is the largest emphasis at the school.

Here is some information on the Fringe Festival from the website:

"The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.
Every year thousands of performers take to a multitude of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events.

Our story dates back to 1947, when eight theatre groups turned up uninvited to perform at the (then newly formed) Edinburgh International Festival, an initiative created to celebrate and enrich European cultural life in the wake of the Second World War. Not being part of the official programme of the International festival didn’t stop these performers – they just went ahead and staged their shows anyway. Year on year more and more performers followed their example and in 1959 the Festival Fringe Society was created in response to the success of this growing trend." (edfringe.com)

The cost for our actors to get to and perform at the Fringe Fesitval is high ($5,000 per student), and may prevent several of them from being able to go based on price. So, we are seeking help in the form of cash or credit donations so that each student does not have to worry about participating in this once in a life opportunity. Most of our students at OSA continue their art emphasis in college and the chance to perform at the Fringe Festivial may help scholarship applicants when applying for college.

Any and all donations will be evenly distributed in order that each actor that participated at the December 15 event. Any donations are tax deductible under OSA's non-profit status and the tax identification number will be made available to each donor at the time of their donation.

Thank everyone in advance for helping these great kids follow their dream!

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