Two weeks to go

Our publicity shot for Annie.

Awwww. Ain't they cute. Poor little orphans.

The show opens at the St Brides Centre, in Orwell Terrace in the Dalry area of Edinburgh from April 13th – 16th.

Tickets are priced £11 (£9 conc). All tickets are £8 on Sat Mat.

Call the FCT Ticket Hotline to place your order on 07794 144372.

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Joyce Campbell, a great supporter of FCT, passed away on 17th March 2011.

Joyce Campbell, whom many of you will know, worked with Jean Gorman for over a decade as the original costume wifies of FCT.

She was also one of the first Chair Person’s of our wonderful organisation and, for that alone, we owe her a great deal.

Sadly she passed away after several years of debilitating cancer on Thursday night.

Joyce was an all round wonderful woman.

On a personal note I will always remember Joyce’s beaming smile, the buzz of the sewing machine in our “Green Room” and her unstinting attendance at Gorman family parties with her equally wonderful husband Sinclair.  My other big memory of her was her and Sinclair’s annual attendance at my mother’s March Talbot (now St Columbas Hospice) fundraiser.  She was sadly missed this year and will be in years to come.

From all of us at FCT.

Thank you Joyce.

(PS.  If any of you have a photo of Joyce could you send it to me at markgorman@btopenworld.com please so that I can put it up as part of this post)

Annie Poster unveiled

We are blessed to have such a talented designer as Scott Taylor who has created all of our posters, programmes, flyers and ads,; all free of charge, for several years now.  Ad what’s more he does them all from his studio in The Virgin Islands.

Go Scott, another fantastic poster with Harmony looking fantastic in her full Annie costume.  More masterwork from the costume wifies of Bangholm.

FCT Fringe Auditions 2011 – The Chess Game

Forth Children’s Theatre is proud to announce their 2011 Fringe production of The Chess Game.  The show will run from 5th – 13th August and be performed at Inverleith Church Hall, Ferry Road.

 The Chess Game explores human attitudes to conflict through memorable and endearing characters.  It does this alongside a beautiful score.  Written by Iain MacDonald, the show is a FCT favourite having previously been performed by the company and revisited in 2009’s Ya Beauty.  The show will be directed by Vic Laing, hot on the heels of his Easter production of Annie.

Auditions are being held on Sunday 17th April at Trinity Academicals Rugby Club, Craighall Gardens from 1100 – 1600.  Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for doing movement in.  It is also advised to bring a packed lunch as there may not be time to go to the shops. 

 The day will take the format of morning workshops followed by small group auditions in front of the directing team.  It will be a brilliant experience and involve lots of fun and meeting new people!  All material will be learnt in the morning so there is no need to plan anything in advance.  Please be prepared to stay until 1600 although there is chance you may be able to leave before depending on when each group is seen.

 Rehearsals are due to start on Friday 22nd April 1830 – 2130.  Rehearsals will always take place on a Friday night and Sunday afternoon for the company, with principals sometimes being required on a Wednesday evening. 

 For casting purposes, filming of auditions may take place on the day.  Please highlight to me in advance if there are any problems with this.

 It would be much appreciated if you could pass this information onto anyone that you think may be interested.

 Lastly, a pre audition workshop is being offered on Sunday 27th March 1200 – 1700.  This is not compulsory, but will look at audition technique and team building in advance.  It may be useful for new members that would like to find out a little more about what it involved.  Again, you do not need to attend this workshop in order to audition for the show.  The workshop will take place at Trinity Academicals Rugby Club.

Wanted. Your support. Financially.

In our last post we pointed out the great work of Diane and Gordon (not to mention the rest of the FFM).

As show time approaches we are on the lookout for support from anyone in FCT, related to anyone in FCT or that just cares about FCT to support us with either cast sponsorship in the programme (ask any of the adult helpers at rehearsals all about it), show sponsorship or advertising in the programme.

From as little as £50 your business (or your employer’s business) can place an ad in the programme.

For more information email markgorman@btopenworld.com.

Last year one of our adult helpers was given a donation on her behalf of £500 by Lloyds Banking Group, just for asking.  And a local company, Agilent Technologies, donated £300 to help with show marketing so it just shows; if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

We are truly grateful to both of those companies for their help and support, but we always need more of them.

Annie. Act 1. Check.

Last week Vic, Lynne, Izzy and Joyce pulled off the not insubstantial task of running (a bit roughly it has to be said) Act 1.  So it’s an exciting staging post as we head for showtime.

We’ve also attracted four new advertisers for the programme thanks to the excellent work of new Fundraising, Finance and Marketing committee member Diane Gordon.

While we’re at it let’s hear it for Gordon Weston who quietly gets on behind the scenes as a member of the same committee managing our databases and sending members and supporters email updates, reminders and information.  Thanks Gordon.

OMG. Is that Lynne actually cheezin'?