"Last month saw the culmination of RicNic 2019, with three stunning productions staged by our young companies in Winchester, Oxford and London.
Our participants continue to surprise us year on year, with their choice of challenging shows and the amazing professionalism that they bring to both the rehearsal room and the performance space.
We are in the process of updating our website with images of each of this year's productions as they come in. In the meantime, here are a few reviews from the first week of productions that we are extremely proud to share with you.
"This was a little co-operative masterpiece from RicNic Oxford. Their energy level was matched by our adrenaline level as we streamed out afterwards."
RicNic Oxford 2019 - A Chorus Line
"This was a breathtakingly stunning show. Put together by the young peoples charity Ricnic, it was hard to believe these were not professionals. The singing and acting was spot on. Powerful and moving. It was a real privilege watching this show"
RicNic London 2019 - RENT
Exciting news: all three of RicNic's summer shows are now on sale! Click the links below to buy tickets, or read on for more information:
This year's London and Oxford shows run between 21st - 24th August at 7.30pm (matinees in Oxford at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday); and, in Hampshire, our talented young company will be performing between 28th - 31st August at 7.30 pm.
Here are all the key details...
21st - 24th August:
This summer RicNic London are returning to the Stockwell Playhouse with the amazing rock musical RENT. Visit the Stockwell Playhouse website to book your tickets today.
Head over to the Arts at the Old Fire Station website to secure your tickets for RicNic Oxford's summer production of A CHORUS LINE - it's going to be fantastic!
28th - 31st August:
RicNic Hampshire are going to be producing an extraordinary version of the classic show THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE at the beautiful Theatre Royal Winchester. Book your tickets now!
We are very excited about our new plans, but are also aware that RicNic will need to develop sustainable funding in order to achieve our five year goals. If you are enthused by our plans and would like to help us pursue them, please consider supporting us in any of the following ways:
If you'd like to learn more, or have any questions - whether big or small - please don't hesitate to get in touch. Simply drop us a line at your convenience (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). We look forward to hearing from you!
The RicNic Team are excited to announce the planned location for the next branch of RicNic will be Burton on Trent in East Staffordshire. Working with partners at East Staffordshire Borough Council and the Brewhouse Arts Theatre, we hope to launch RicNic Burton's first full-scale musical in August 2020 and will be working in schools, colleges and community organisations across the year to recruit a new company of RicNiccers!
Home to Bass Brewery, Carling and the Marmite factory (!) Burton on Trent is an industrial town on the border of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the West Midlands. The Brewhouse Arts Theatre is an amazing performance space, equipped with cinema room, technology suite and arts studio and we are pleased that this will be the home of the new branch going forward.
RicNic's Executive Director, Jennifer Smith, has been working with partners in the area this year and states "I have been overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and support for RicNic's projects that I have received from partners in Burton. There is a huge appetite for the hands-on experience across all art forms that RicNic can offer, and there is huge potential here for RicNic to have a great impact on our participants. May 1st is 'Staffordshire Day', a regional celebration of all that is creative and flourishing in the county. What better time could there be to announce our future plans to showcase the creative talent in the community!".
With three branches successfully established as a growing network in the South East, the team have decided to take RicNic's projects to a new area of the country, targeting regions with a lack of arts provision, and where we can make the most impact. Local authority arts funding has been cut considerably in and around East Staffordshire in recent years and at present there are few opportunities for young people to gain a professional, hands on experience of working in the arts. We want to change that and bring the excitement and life-changing potential of the RicNic experience to the region; creating opportunity both for local young people and for the venues and community arts organisations in the area.
Alongside the set up of the new Burton branch, we will be exploring other areas of the Midlands, leading pilot sessions and building partners, with a view to establishing a network of Midlands' branches in the next few years. We will also continue to work closely with our existing Hampshire, Oxford and London branches to develop further opportunities, expand recruitment and build new and exciting projects across the South East.
This is a pivotal time in RicNic's history and we are extremely excited about the potential for us to take RicNic to a wider audience, across all our existing and new branches! We are currently seeking funding to support this new phase in RicNic's development and are keen to hear from anyone with links to the region, interested in offering support.
Further information on how to get involved in RicNic Burton will be available shortly. If you would like further details on all of RicNic's plans or would like to discuss ways in which you can support us going forward please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's full steam ahead with all the 2019 shows, which are shaping up to be very exciting indeed! Auditions are being held over the next couple of weeks, as follows:
RicNic Oxford, A Chorus Line: 24th April, North Oxford Association Community Centre
RicNic Hampshire, Thoroughly Modern Millie: 17th and 18th April, Peter Symonds College
RicNic London, Rent: Saturday 20th April, Mountview Theatre School
Our unique projects are run by talented groups of 16 - 21 year olds, who manage everything from auditions to designing the set. To book your spot at the auditions, please contact the relevant team directly. Some useful contact details can be found below.
In addition to the RicNic production teams, the RicNic 'Central' team are on hand to help. Production and Projects Manager, Alex Finlay, and Executive Director, Jennifer Smith, can be contacted if you have any queries, would like to donate to the charity, or would like to find out more about our work.
Every little step he takes
Every move that he makes...
Exciting news: RicNic Oxford's summer show has now been confirmed, and what a corker it is! Our Oxford team are delighted to be bringing a brilliant new production of A Chorus Line to the Old Fire Station this summer.
A Chorus Line explores the experiences of 17 budding performers who dream of winning a coveted spot in a Broadway chorus. Through a series of powerhouse numbers and gripping scenes, the musical examines the fears, hopes, insecurities and ambitions of the characters - perfectly capturing the excitement and tension of a Broadway audition.
Featuring hit songs such as “One”, “At the Ballet”, “I Hope I Get It” and “What I Did For Love”, this show will leave you tapping your toes and singing all the way home. Don't miss it when it arrives at the Old Fire Station between 21st and 24th August 2019!
Whatever your interests are - whether you're a budding performer, technician or simply love musical theatre - there's a place for you at RicNic Oxford this summer. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to read our latest updates, or drop the team a line to register your interest: email@example.com.
Goodbye, good-goody girl,
I'm changing, and how!
So beat the drums, 'cause here comes
Thoroughly modern Millie now!
Exciting news: RicNic Hampshire will be returning to the Theatre Royal in Winchester this summer with a fabulous new production of the timeless musical Thoroughly Modern Millie!
The musical of Thoroughly Modern Millie is based on the 1967 film of the same name, which starred Julie Andrews in the eponymous role (pictured).
Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of a naive young flapper with a 'thoroughly modern goal': to find a rich employer and marry him. A series of adventures leads Millie to find true love - rather than a marriage of convenience - with plenty of singing and dancing along the way: a winning combination that earned the film seven Academy Award nominations.
The musical, which features music by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics by Dick Scanlan, captures the film's madcap charm and won six Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2002. With a plethora of jazzy, catching numbers - from 'Gimme Gimme Gimme' to 'Not for the Life of Me' - a host of larger-than-life characters, and a gripping plot, Thoroughly Modern Millie promises an unforgettable evening at the theatre!
Thoroughly Modern Millie will play at the Theatre Royal, Winchester between 28th - 31st August 2019. Don't miss it!
Want to learn more or fancy getting involved in this year's production? Please do get in touch with the Hampshire team or follow them on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest updates. We’d love to hear from you!
Do you love RicNic and want to affect the way it operates in the future? Are you a former RicNic participant?
We are recruiting candidates to form RicNic’s first Associates Council for alumni aged 25 and under.
We have lots of exciting plans for RicNic in 2019 and beyond, and we're very keen to get RicNiccers involved from the start of the process! Our participants and their voices are central to RicNic and we want to ensure that they – and you – have an impact on the future of the organisation: from the launch of new branches to the development of year-round branches we can offer to young people.
The Associates Council will meet up to 4 times a year and will work closely with RicNic staff and trustees to advise on new projects and branches, working with community and education partners to spread the word about RicNic and develop access to our projects. The Council will liaise with participants in the different branches, supporting their productions and mentoring individuals. The Council will also develop events to support the charity’s fundraising throughout the year, including organising an alumni gala performance.
A Council representative will also be invited to attend RicNic Trustee meetings throughout the year.
As a member of the Associates Council you will have the opportunity to:
For more information on what being part of the Council would entail, and to view the application form, please follow this link. The application can also be downloaded as a word document here.
How to Apply
If you are interested in being considered for the Associates Board, please complete the application form and return it to:
Jennifer Smith, Executive Director
If you have any queries or would like to discuss the opportunity in more detail before applying, please feel free to contact Jennifer by email or on 07841 333239.
Closing date for applications is Friday 31st May 2019 at 5 pm - we can't wait to hear from you!
'Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes,
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear...'
It is with enormous pleasure that we announce the first of our summer shows: the rock musical Rent, which will be performed by RicNic London at the Stockwell Playhouse between 21st - 24th August 2019.
Rent was first performed in 1996. Written by little-known composer Jonathan Larson, who tragically died the night before the show opened in an off-Broadway theatre, the musical quickly proved a hit with audiences and gathered a cult following. It transferred to Broadway later that same year and is still one of the theatre district's longest-running musicals.
Drawing inspiration from the Puccini opera La Boheme, Rent is a celebration of friendship, community, creativity and otherness. To take a line from its most famous song, 'Seasons of Love', this complex but uplifting show reminds us to 'measure our lives in love' and live each day to the fullest.
We can't wait to see what our immensely talented RicNic London team do with Larson's most popular work - we're sure it will be a sell-out success! Keep an eye on our website and the Stockwell Playhouse to grab your ticket as soon as they go on sale: this is one show you won't want to miss.
Fancy getting involved with this year's production? Whether you're an amazing singer, talented musician or keen technician, there's a role for you with RicNic London. Follow the team on Facebook or Twitter or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!