Hairspray flyer

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Thanks to Kevin Woollard here’s the Hairspray ticket order flyer with all the details you need.

We have a smaller capacity venue than usual, a large cast and a popular show so we expect performances to sell out so please get your orders in early.  The easiest way to do this is by calling the ticket hotline or, better still asking a cast member.

Two reviews of Godspell from EdFringe

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This by Amber Segal

Nothing could have prepared me for the explosion onto the stage of the most energetic, confident and loud children on which I hath ever set mine eyes. All with strong, and very convincing, American accents and colourful costumes, I found myself plunged into the extravaganza of Forth Children’s Theatre’s ‘Godspell’. Is that Jesus playing the trumpet? Oh no, it’s John the Baptist; Jesus is over there in the denim waistcoat.

And this Four star review by Rose Bonsier.

FCT’s production of Godspell was brilliantly received by the audience, gaining a standing ovation at the end of the show for the talented young performers involved. I think this alone is testament to the hard work and energy the cast had put into the show, especially into the musical numbers which were all delivered with great showmanship. Whilst obviously not being as polished as a professional show, the whole cast clearly have a natural talent and, for a children’s theatre group, this was a very impressive piece.

At points I struggled to follow the plotline of the musical as it skipped through a series of biblical stories, but the cast acted each one out in an amusing way, updating parts of the script to be relevant to modern life. The co-ordination of the dance routines for each of the songs was fantastic, and they were quite clearly very well-rehearsed.

The major element of the production which really needs praising is the singing. Rarely have I ever been so impressed by such singing ability in such young performers. Gus Harrower was a remarkable Jesus, playing the piano with great skill as well as singing a huge number of solo parts with incredible character. Ronan Rafferty’s Judas made an equally strong impression on the stage, and the female leads were just as outstanding, with Hayley Scott giving a particularly mesmerizing performance as a woman saved from being stoned for adultery.

Particularly noticeable in this performance was the cleverly considered stage layout. The traverse design meant that the performers were all in good view all of the time and held a very close proximity to the audience, bringing them into the performance. In addition to this, a raised platform area at one end of the hall created a higher stage for key moments in the show, such as Judus’s betrayal of Jesus.

This is a company well versed in performing at the Fringe Festival – this Edinburgh based group has had a play involved every year since 1979 – and whilst Godspell might not be everybody’s cup of tea, as musicals go this impressive theatre company must have exciting things in store for future festivals.

Thank you to Dennis and Linda Williams

Dennis and Linda

We had a lovely surprise at the FCT BBQ on Saturday, which was well attended and a great after show party for Seussical as well as a get together for committee, volunteers and a few parents involved in Godspell.

Sophie Williams mum and dad, Dennis and Linda, who run a Broadway Convenience store on Oxgangs Broadway showed up with a cheque for our funds of £500.

They won it as a prize to give to a charity of their choice and, thankfully, they chose us.

Oggie, oggie, oggie, oy, oy, oy.  Yah Beauty!

 

Laura’s story

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Here’s a great FCT story.

Young Laura Johnston, who made her FCT debut during Seussical bought a ticket, a year ago, to see One Direction in Glasgow.

The concert clashed with the first rehearsal of Godspell and, being a consumate professional shegave up her One Direction ticket so that she wouldn’t miss any FCT ehearsing.

What a star.

Sold out two nights running

 

The 36 strong cast of FCT's Seussical the Musical

The 36 strong cast of FCT’s Seussical the Musical

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…

 

Thom Dibdin’s incredible review of Once On This Island

We like this.  It’s what Thom has to say about our Fringe show…

There is a gentle sensitively to the performances of the Forth Children’s Theatre company in Once On This Island, running at the Inverleith Church Hall until Saturday, enhanced by a tingle of magical realism to the production itself.

The musical tells a story of young doomed love between peasant girl Ti Moune and the son of a rich plantation family, Daniel, on the French Antilles in the Caribbean. She’s a foundling, an orphan saved after a devastating storm. He is the eldest son of a wealthy plantation owner, a direct descendent of the original French settlers and their slaves.  Read more here…

 

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

 

The final rehearsal at Bangholm

It was a long shift yesterday from 12 till 6.30 but boy do we have a show.  In every department, dialogue, movement and singing it’s great.  Really funny throughout with a cracking script.  Tickets are going well so far with nearly 600 sold.  If you want them you can call the ticket hotline on 07794 144 372.  Adults £11.  Concessions £9.  Family ticket of 4 (max 2 adults) for only £30 and we have a cut price matinee where all tickets are £8 on Saturday 7th at 2.30.