Forth Childrens Theatre


Four Jesus Christ Superstar sell outs

This is our Fringe sales printout.

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The Fringe has 45 Tickets per night and as you can see three are completely sold out and one night has a single ticket left.  Our opening night or the Monday night is looking your best bet at this stage.  But you can try the FCT Hotline as a few tickets may remain.

We’ve sold nearly 1,500 of our 1,800 tickets and there’s over a month till opening night so expect ten sell outs.

Thank you to all of our extremely generous show sponsors (all shows are taken) and to our generous band of advertisers.

Rehearsals have been incredible.  Spine tingling and the music and movement both defy description.  Surely one of FCTs all time highlights.



Final performance of Les Mis SOLD OUT

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Well, we said this show would be popular and not only are all of our tickets gone but so is the Fringe allocation for Saturday 9th at 7.30.

We have also SOLD OUT our tickets fro Friday 8th August but there are still a few at the Fringe Box Office

We’ve sold more than half our tickets already.  And that’s with 5 weeks to go so please, if you want to see this production we would urge you to get your orders in to the hotline as soon as you possibly can.

 



Forth Children’s Theatre brings a taste of the Caribbean to this year’s Fringe.

Forth Children’s Theatre is delighted to present a new production of “Once On This Island” by Ahrens and Flaherty for their 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe offering.

This vibrant and stunning musical is set in the French Antilles in the Caribbean Sea.  The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story intertwined with the fairy tale of the Little Mermaid.  With a range of imaginative characters and an innovative score, the production is an exciting challenge for the award winning Youth Theatre who presented an ENDA winning Ahrens and Flaherty show, Ragtime,  in 2009

This production boasts a cast of thirty eight ranging from the ages of ten to seventeen.  The company are proud to introduce a surge of new younger members as the cycle of the Youth Theatre continues to evolve.

 

Director Claire Stewart explains her choice of production; “I chose the piece after hearing the soundtrack several years ago and falling in love with it.  I have almost staged it several times over the years but it has never felt quite the right time.  This year, the company is at an exciting point where several of our younger members are starting to grow and evolve.  This piece has just the right balance of challenge that I feel allows them to flourish and develop as performers.  The storytelling and the totally unique score make it a very special piece of theatre and one that the entire company adore.”

 

Chairman, Mark Gorman added; ” FCT is always changing as our young cast come and go, often to begin careers in the professional theatre but it’s clear that this year’s offering is particularly strong with a show that’s always extremely popular no matter where it’s performed.  We’ve done some pretty special things too our beloved auditorium at Inverleith Church Hall this year so come prepared for pleasant surprises!”

 

Once On this Island runs at Edinburgh’s Inverleith Church Hall, Ferry Road Top of Granton Rd) from 3-11 August from 9-11 April at 7.30 pm with a 2.30 pm Matinee on Saturdays 4 and 11 August.

 

Tickets £12.00   Concessions £10.00  Family Tickets (2A 2C) £30.00

All tickets £8 on Saturday 4th at 2.30pm

 



This is why FCT is what FCT is…

Tonight’s dress rehearsal for The Chess Game was fantastic.  We need an audience now as Vic eloquently put it and tomorrow night we get one.  Not as big an audience as we’d like but an audience.

But this picture taken at the dress sums up what the whole thing is about.

We’re all dead proud of our gang.  Adults and kids alike .  Because so many people make so much effort for no personal gain.

Other than to say.  I helped make this photo happen.

Look at those faces and that commitment. Oggy Oggy Oggy...

I think a special thanks to Vic Laing and Kirsty Shaw is in order.



The Chess Game in full fling

Rehearsals are well under way for the latest FCT extravaganza.  It will be our 33rd consecutive Festival Fringe production (our 64th producton in total) and is a newly updated reprise of the show we put on in 1985.

It was written by our great friend Ian MacDonald who returns to MD the show which will be directed by Vic Laing; who will need a big break in September after staging Annie and The Chess Game back to back. (Oh yes, and he has a day job too!)

Kirsty Shaw is helping out with choreography along with Paddy Hornig; so two more past cast members make their production/direction team debuts.

Katy Barry is assisting Ian with Vocal Coaching.

Ian was a big favourite with FCT audiences when he wrote a trio of fantastic shows (The Chess Game in 1985, Chances in 1986 and Angel in 1987).

The Chess Game is a fast moving musical show with several very stirring numbers.  Who can forget Maya Stewart’s rendition of I hear the Bell Toll as the Silly Pawn in 2009’s 30th anniversary show, Ya Beauty.

It uses Chess as an allegory for the world we live in today, with each piece representing different power brokers in today’s society; the military, the church, the media and the monarchy with the poor old pawns merely the footsoldiers and the victims of poor (even corrupt, and certainly self interested) decision making by the powers that be.

Or are they….?



FCT Announces its 2010 festival production and invites you to audition for Guys and Dolls

Forth Children’s Theatre is proud to announce its 2010 Fringe production of Guys and Dolls.

The show will run from 6th – 14th August and be performed at Inverleith Church Hall, Ferry Road.  It will be directed by Claire Stewart who will be revisiting the show that she first directed to critical acclaim in 2002.  Claire’s most recent production for FCT was 2008’s Jeckyll & Hyde.

Set in the 1940’s, Guys and Dolls is a highly popular piece of musical theatre known for memorable characters, hilarious dialogue and a fantastic score.  This winning formula is sure to have audiences on their feet.  Featuring classic songs such as Rocking the Boat and Luck be a Lady, there is something for everyone in the big company numbers.  We are looking for boys and girls with a talent for acting, singing and dancing.  There is a range of principal parts as well as strong chorus roles to be filled.  Please note that you must be over ten by show date in order to audition.

Auditions are being held on Tuesday 6th April at Trinity Academicals Rugby Club, Craighall Gardens from 10:00 – 16:00.  Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that are suitable for dance and movement.  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, dancing 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 16:00 although there is chance you may be able to leave earlier depending on when each group is seen.

Rehearsals are due to start on Friday 23rd April 18:30 – 21:30.  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 Claire Stewart 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.