Venice High School students have been invited to perform at the National Performing Arts Festival in New York City February 23rd to the 26th and are seeking funds to pay for the trip.

The approximate cost of the trip per person is $1,400 and 24 students are to attend, with eight adult chaperones.

The drama department has a deadline Saturday, November 25th, to submit the funds to arts festival organizers, who will then put together packages of airfare, lodging, meals and guided tours of New York City.

Cash or checks made payable to the Venice High School Drama Department may be tax-deductible.

The arts festival features some of the nation’s top high school acting troupes performing selections for a panel of theater experts.

The highest-scoring troupes will perform live on a Broadway stage during the festival, which features a mix of performing, educational and sightseeing opportunities.

Students will participate in seminars on vocal training, audition techniques and stage movement. They will also attend a Broadway musical and see New York City through guided tours.

Last year, Venice High School’s first entry in the festival was a production of The Diary of Anne Frank, which won a ranking of “Superior.”

Information,; fax, (310) 306-3249; or voice, (310) 306-7981 ext. 384.