With just under two weeks to go until the opening of our 2016 shows - eek - we thought it was time to shine the spotlight on the young company behind these fabulous productions.
Though our young teams are ferociously hard at work rehearsing, fundraising, and building bits of set, they still found time to talk to us. In the first of our 'Meet the Company' features, we grab a few minutes with director of this year's RicNic Hampshire show (the wonderful Guys and Dolls), Alex Lonsdale.
How did you hear about/what made you want to get involved with RicNic?
I was in the same drama class at college as the girl who was directing it in 2014. I’d heard about it previously through a friend who was in the band but it was her mentioning it that encouraged me to get involved.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
It’s a timeless classic in musical theatre. Everyone’s heard of it, regardless of whether or not they’ve seen it - so we’re trying to make it accessible to everyone, whether that’s the people who saw it when Frank Sinatra was in it, or people who have seen it now in the West End with Rebel Wilson. Hopefully it’ll have something for everyone.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
We’ve come at the show at a slightly different angle in that we’ve tried to bring it more into the 21st century. It’s still set in the ‘50s but we’ve tried to make it as contemporary as possible.
Besides this one, what’s your favourite stage show?
Mary Poppins. I saw it when I was 9 after falling in love with the film when I was little (I watched it religiously). Ten years later it’s still the best thing I’ve ever seen.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
A site specific production of Anything Goes – in other words, on a real boat.
If you were a song, which one would you be?
‘Feeling Good’ by Michael Bublé. I like to make an entrance.
RicNic Hampshire's production of Guys and Dolls runs at the Theatre Royal Winchester from 24th - 27th August (inclusive). Don't miss out on this fantastic production - book your tickets today!
RicNic gives young people the chance to truly 'own' the stage: providing the funds and support to mount a full-scale production each summer, without adult supervision, from scratch! If you'd like to support RicNic and give other talented youngsters - like Alex - the chance to get involved with a future production, please consider joining our Friends Scheme.