CHARLES TOWN – Theater fans can see the Washington High actors who captured top honors at the West Virginia Thespian Festival next week at a fundraiser here.

The Old Opera House is donating use of its historic theater for a May 10 fundraiser that will include students’ production of the one-act play, “The Shape of the Grave.”

Earlier this year, Washington’s production was selected to compete at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Neb., coming up June 24 to 29.

It’s the first time a Jefferson County school has been selected and no other West Virginia school was picked this year, explained Darrell Cummings, the theater director at Washington.

The students are working to raise $33,000 to cover expenses for the trip and the five-day festival. About 30 students are part of the production.

“The Shape of the Grave” by Laura Lundgren Smith centers on the bloody conflict in Northern Ireland in the 1970s.

Parents have already contributed more than a third of the total, and the Jefferson Arts Council gave $5,000.

“We want to thank the Jefferson Arts Council for recognizing this important achievement and for contributing so generously to getting these talented students to the International Festival,” Cummings said. “Their early support and enthusiasm provide the momentum we need to get us to our goal.”

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