WestConn Students Earn Raves On International Fringe Stage

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WCSU students and recent graduates recently staged “Lysistrata: The Disco Vaudeville Rock ’N ’Roll Musical” in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo Credit: Western Connecticut State University

DANBURY, Conn. — This summer marked a milestone for the students in the Department of Theatre Arts at Danbury's Western Connecticut State University as they took part in the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

It was the 10th time faculty and students traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to participate in the largest arts festival in the world. From July 31 through Aug. 11, more than two dozen WestConn students and recent graduates staged “Lysistrata: The Disco Vaudeville Rock ’N ’Roll Musical” at the Gilded Balloon Teviot Debating Hall at Bistro Square in Edinburgh.

“For our students, performing in Edinburgh is a life-changing experience in many ways," said Professor of Theatre Arts Sal Trapani, the show’s director, in a statement. "The shows are a chance for students to perform before a live audience and an opportunity for the public to see how talented our students are.”

The production also received rave reviews. A FringeReview post listed Western’s production as one of the “Top 10 overall recommended musicals.”

Geoff of One4Review posted, “Over the years the Fringe has been graced by this company crossing the pond from America to stage their adaptation of historical pieces and given the twist of making [it] into a musical extravaganza. . . . The cast of 20-plus were excellent without exception and as usual there were some amazing singing voices, the set was simple but excellently dressed, and the original music by Sal Trapani enjoyable and fitting to the styles in this title.”

The WCSU Department of Theatre Arts will stage the original play, “Two Nights Near Doolin,” in October and the musical “Chicago” in October and November on campus. For more information about upcoming performances, visit this website.

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