At each show we meet the cast’s parents and guardians and yesterday was the day for us to “induce” Godspell. A good showing it has to be said with some really enthusiastic parents. They were rewarded by seeing performances of “Day by Day” and “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”
I sat beside my sister Jane as the cast THUNDERED these numbers out in stunning harmony and choreographed quite wonderfully by Katie.
I have never had such a reaction to an early rehearsal performance as yesterday. The show will be presented on a set configured similarly to Ragtime and FCT aficionados will recall the impact that set up had, with every actor there to be seen, nowhere to hide.
I was actually shaking at the end of these two numbers;so impactful, so joyously was the show presented. And that’s exactly the word Ronan uses in his Fringe description of the show.
Folks you are in for one big treat.
We also had an impromptu photocall with cast and directing team (alas poor Grace Urquhart was the only one missing).
Ronan is directing with Katie on the dances (wow man). Our MD’s are new and there’s two of them and, boy, do Dan and Claire pack a punch.
After a remarkable run of Seussical, with a great 4 star review, we move on to Godspell directed by Ronan Radin and choreographed by our old pal and ex FCTer Katie Renton, as well as the Musical Direction team of Claire and Dan. Auditions yesterday were absolutely tremendous and show the potential for A Mazingness that this show holds. We’ve set up a facebook page and anyone that needs to speak to Ronan can get him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crisp and even, Forth Children’s Theatre’s production of Seussical also finds the deeper points of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’ musical based on the works of Dr Seuss.
Led by the ever effervescent Charlie West as the Cat in the Hat, FCT’s 37-strong cast get into the groove of Flaherty’s music, just as you would expect. But it is their making sense of the human side of the tale that marks the simply staged production out. (read more here)
From little Eve Thomas-Yates, just ten, (that’s her showing her heels centre picture) to Rachel Bell, the new old guard (directly above Eve, flickin’ her pigtails) we have a cast in this show that bring great pride to all of us at FCT.
Seussical is a triumph. We sold out on opening night and again tonight. We couldn’t have squeezed another body into the wonderful Pleasance Theatre. (Have we mentioned how truly wonderful this theatre is and how brilliant the staff are Chris and Tom in particular. No? well they’re magic.)
Friday night is approaching sell out so get your orders into the hotline quick but there is still availability on Saturday strangely.
Alice, Niall and Steph have done an incredible job in their first ever FCT show and they really are part of the #FCTfam now. We love them all.
After a tough year financially last year this looks like getting us well back on track (which is just as well as we had to spend a lot replacing the doors at Bangholm this week. Thanks to Rene for sorting that.)
Seriously, you need to see this show. Don’t be the one in awkward conversations where people say “Remember Seussical” and you say. “That’s so annoying I never went but I went shopping instead.”
And one last thing. We need a poll. WE haven’t had one for ages. So fill this one in…