Washburn Theater department to show The Greatest Showman

The Washburn Department of Theatre and the Washburn Players, a theatre student organization, are going to the circus with two screenings of “The Greatest Showman” on Sept. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. to raise funds for the student trip to the 2020 Edinburgh International Festival.

“The Greatest Showman” tells the story of P.T. Barnum and the Barnum & Bailey Circus all began, the trials, the failures and some of the triumphs in a musical format.

“The festival was an idea brought up by our chair here at the theater department, Sharon Sullivan, and she wants us [students] to be able to experience what theater is like outside of Kansas,” said Angela Gray, one of the co-presidents of the Washburn Players.

The Edinburgh International Festival has been held each summer since 1947 and is touted as the world’s largest arts festival with both art exhibits and over 50,000 performances, according to website. In 2020, the festival is scheduled for the month of August and will be one of the largest cultural experiences in the world for attendees.

Although the Washburn Players and the theatre department are organizing the trip, it is open for all students at the university.

All donations are welcome and will be used to help students afford the cost of traveling internationally.


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