Stuck In The USA: Actors vs. the Volcano

Scottish thespians trying to get home

By Scott Budman
|  Friday, Apr 23, 2010  |  Updated 2:14 PM PDT
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The kids put on a show at Athenian School in Danville, Calif.

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Remember the movie "Joe vs. the Volcano?"  Now, multiply that by 29, throw in a Scottish brougue, and you have some idea about what's going on in the Bay Area community of Danville, Calif., where 25 acting students and four teachers are literally stuck here.

If you're a fan of Shakespeare, especially "A Midsummer Night's Dream," you may want to head to the Athenian School in Danville Friday afternoon, where the students, from the Gordonstoun School in Scotland, will be performing.

They're putting the play on as a way to thank their Bay Area hosts for their hospitality.  Then, if things finally go as planned for them, they'll hop a flight home.

The students and teachers were not planning to hit the boards. The trip, originally planned to last just a few days, was a sightseeing venture, to take in the vistas of California.  But, as they toured the City by the Bay, the Icelandic Volcano blew up, and the actors were stranded. So, they're going to do what they do best -- put on a play.

Of course, what they really want is their "Freedom!"

Scott apologizes for the "Braveheart" reference.  He couldn't help it.

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