Edinburgh program permanently canceled

Chronicle Staff

The Edinburgh project that sent hundreds of students to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland to perform before public audiences during the summer has been “permanently canceled” due to “fiscal and logistical reasons,” program coordinator and English teacher Eric Schrode announced in an e-mail to more than 50 former program participants and parents last Friday.

“It is with disappointment and regret,” Schrode said in the e-mail, “that I write to you to announce that the Edinburgh project has mounted its last productions and would no longer be part of the Harvard-Westlake landscape.”

Schrode said that he had been in discussions with Head of Harvard-Westlake Jeanne Huybrechts and President Thomas C. Hudnut regarding the continuation of the program.
However, when reached for comment, Huybrechts said she was “surprised and shocked” that Schrode had announced the cancellation.

“We had been discussing the future of the program for some time, and we were even scheduled to meet on Tuesday,” she said.

The program last year involved 81 students, a large undertaking that included the transportation of scenery, instruments and technical items to Scotland. One of the program coordinators, Will Adashek ’01, was also unaware of the cancellation.

“It was surprising,” Adashek said, “but at the same time, the program is such a huge undertaking that a lot of factors need to be in place in order for everything to work out as planned.”

“The decision was entirely Schrode’s,” Huybrechts said. “We are totally supportive of Edinburgh continuing as it has in the past or as a scaled down version of what it has been in the past.”

Schrode declined to comment on the deliberations.

“When push comes to shove,” Schrode said, “the decision was mine.”