Steven Schwartz’s (Godspell, Wicked) Tony Award winning latest offering , the 33rd longest musical in Broadway history no less, is our Fringe 2017 offering.
It’s a first for FCT, indeed may be a first production in Scotland, and is directed by Hayley Scott, our MD is, once again, Gus Harrower and Choreography is by Natasha Rose. It’s something of an FCT dream team.
First up though, we have the matter of auditions…
At our recent AGM Jane Sutherland was voted back onto the committee as an ordinary member for a further three years.
Kirsty Harrower also kept her Parent’s Representative position for a further year .
Claire Stewart ended her termas Secretary to be replaced by Roy Carter (an ex cast member).
We are extremely grateful to the immense amount of work that Claire has put in in her role as secretary and she will continue as a member of the Artistic Committee and is directing our Festival show which was also announced at the AGM.
The show will be Once On This Island and here’s a number from it from 1991 when the show was nominated for a Tony. (Sorry but the quality is not good)
After an extended debate it was voted almost unanimously to increase the cost of membership from the current level of £3 to £10.
Received today at FCT HQ…..
My sister and I are musical theatre scholars and have worked professionally in the Biz and we agreed that your production was finer in many respects than many professional productions we’ve seen. After seeing your production of Ragtime last night I felt compelled to write to you to say how utterly impressed my sister and I were and how much we thoroughly enjoyed it.
We know Ragime inside out, having closely followed its progress since it lost the Tony to The Lion King in 1998 and all else since. I made it down to London for the premiere production there, and we also saw it at the Fringe a few years ago when the American High School Theatre performed it. We agreed that yours was as good if not better than all of these. We were particularly impressed by the first-class direction and staging. It displayed a sensitive understanding of the vision of E L Doctorow, Ahrens & Flaherty, McNally et al. I also loved the allusions to the original Broadway production lighting. You moved us and touched us very deeply and we wanted to thank you for giving us this great joy of seeing one of our absolutely favourite musicals live. Sensational! We look forward to seeing many more of your outstanding productions in the future.
Very best wishes,
Eva and Barbara Spevack