(Amazing poster courtesy of Emperor design. Available on request.)
A good turnout at the lovely and warm Isobar tonight for the 2014 AGM. After what looks like a record year in financial terms we have to say goodbye and thank you to Secretary Roy Carter and Treasurer Diane Gordon.
The new committee consists of:
Mark Gorman – Chairman
Wendy West – Secretary (newly elected)
James McLaughlin – Treasurer (newly elected)
Jane Sutherland – Ordinary Member (re-elected)
Margaret McPherson – Ordinary Member
Mark Stewart – Ordinary Member
Kevin Woolard – Parent Rep (re-elected)
Good healthy discussion. Think we done good this year.
We announced the Festival 2016 show to be directed by Claire Stewart and MD’d by Kerry Anne Dougan. A classic we’ve never done before…
FCT is proud to announce details of next year’s productions.
At Easter we will perform “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.
The show will be directed by Katie Renton, Choreographed by Jack Nixon and Md’d by Alex Lyne.
Our Fringe show will be “Barnum” directed and choreographed by Cameron Dyer.
Excitement starts NOW.
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.
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.
With Gus Harrower, Eve Thomas-Yates and Harmony Rose-Bremner.
A little treat for you folks.
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.
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!