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 (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to find out more!
Ben Cahill-Nicholls, RicNic’s founder and chair, said: 'We are absolutely delighted that Jennifer has joined the RicNic family. Jennifer not only shares our passion for the arts - and widening access to them - but also brings an outstanding level of experience and a remarkable skillset. We couldn't think of a more capable or better-suited person to direct RicNic's future vision and lead our ambitious expansion plans.'
Commenting on her appointment, Jennifer said: 'I am thrilled to be joining RicNic at such an exciting time in its development. The passion and enthusiasm from all involved across the current branches is infectious and I feel very honoured to be welcomed into the RicNic family. I am looking forward to sharing ideas with current participants and alumni, to developing new partnerships and establishing new branches which will extend the RicNic offer to a wider audience.'
Jennifer will be supported by our part-time Projects and Production Manager, Alex Finlay - and we couldn't be more excited about where the next few years might take us. RicNic's core message remains the same - we are, and always will be, a genuine youth theatre company and unique social enterprise where young people really do get to run the show - but our new team will help the charity to continue to expand and improve, pushing us in new and exciting directions, and giving more participants the chance to have their own RicNic experience.
2018 was an incredible summer, with three fantastic shows playing to packed audiences around the country - so when the final curtain dropped we couldn't wait to get to work on next year's shows! It was our pleasure, therefore, to receive so many excellent applications for the 2019 production teams.
Appointments have now been made following a careful selection process; and we're delighted to say that our new teams offer an exciting mix of talent, experience and enthusiasm. We can't wait to see what great things they achieve!
Producer - Dexter Drown
Assistant Producer - India Marsden
Director - Evie-Hardy Baker
Musical Director - Jemma Love
Assistant Musical Director - JoJo Meredith
Producer - Heather Cairns
Director - Beth-Anne Hollyhurst
Musical Director - Connor Lyster
Technical Director - Callum Watson
Choreographer - Ali Shepherd
Assistant Choreographer - Zaida Davison
Director – Harry Pudwell
Technical Director – Katy Gerard
Musical Director – Ben Garnett
A note to all other candidates: if you applied this year and were not successful, please don't be disheartened. We'd love for you to be involved with RicNic in future years, so please apply again in 2019, or get in touch to register your interest now.
If you're as excited as we are about what's in store for RicNic in 2019, don't forget to follow us on Facebook or Twitter so you can keep up to date with all our news!
Though we're still humming the songs from RicNic 2018 - what an amazing summer it was! - our thoughts have also turned to RIcNic 2019, which promises to be another fantastic year. If you're a budding director, producer, musical director, choreographer or technician, and are aged between 16 - 21, why not have a go at running your own RicNic show in August 2019 - and have the best summer of your life at the same time?
Being part of the production team is a challenging, rewarding, and exciting process - and you don't need any experience! Talent and enthusiasm are what matters, and we'll be on hand to offer guidance and support throughout the year as you bring your creative vision to life. If that sounds good to you, read on...
How to Apply
If you'd like to be in the production team for RicNic 2019, you can apply either as an individual or a group (with all roles filled, or some missing). All you need to do if you want to apply is email firstname.lastname@example.org with three simple things:
* A short paragraph explaining why you want the role and what you think you can bring to it
* A brief description of the experience which you think makes you right for the role (don't worry at all if there's not much - enthusiasm is more important!)
* Some factual details: full name, age on 1st August 2019, email address and phone number
Applications should be received by Friday 26th October 2018. Applications are reviewed by the PPM and the Trustees, and appointments will be made on the merits of those applications, so do make your email as strong as possible!
If you'd like more information about the production teams, brief role descriptions can be accessed here. We're very happy to answer any questions that you have, too - whether big or small - so do get in touch if you'd like to discuss further. Simply drop me a line (Alex, Projects and Production Manager) via email@example.com and I'll respond as soon as I can.