With less than two weeks until rehearsals for this year's RicNic shows begin, the countdown is now well and truly on. But one important task still remains: getting an audience. We want to see YOU at the show, so don't forget to buy your tickets now!
Tickets for RicNic London's production of In the Heights can be purchased via the Stockwell Playhouse website.
Tickets for RicNic Hampshire's production of Gypsy can be purchased via the Theatre Royal website.
Tickets for RicNic Oxford's production of Anything Goes can be purchased via the Arts at the Old Fire Station website.
A RicNic performance is always a special experience: you can expect spectacular singing and dazzling dance numbers, all accompanied by an amazing live orchestra. But the most impressive thing is that these shows will be put on entirely by 16 -21 year olds: from the design to the direction to the dancing, it's their project. RicNic is like no other youth theatre group in that our young, talented participants really 'run the show'. And the results are not to be missed - so whether you're in London, Oxfordshire or Hampshire, we hope to see you there!
Our teams have been hard at work in recent months, designing marketing materials, sorting out their rehearsal venues, and - most importantly - finalising cast, crew and band!
Starting here, starting now,
Honey, everything's coming up roses!
It is with absolute pleasure that we announce our third and final show choice of 2018: this summer, at Winchester’s own Theatre Royal, Team Hampshire will be putting on a rollicking production of Gypsy!
'In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking
But now, God knows,
Following on from our exciting news about RicNic London’s show choice last week, we’re chuffed to be able to confirm that RicNic Oxford will be performing Cole Porter’s timeless musical, Anything Goes, in August 2018.
Featuring a host of well-known numbers including ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘You’re the Top’, Anything Goes is an action-packed, laugh-out-loud delight. Don’t miss RicNic Oxford’s production at the Old Fire Station this summer!
‘Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day…’
We couldn’t be more thrilled to make our first RicNic show announcement of this year: RicNic London will be performing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unique and moving musical, In the Heights, in summer 2018!
Long before the talented composer was conquering the globe with his sell-out success, Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote In the Heights, which tells the story of a colourful, characterful community in New York’s Washington Heights. At the heart of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner with big dreams; over the course of three days, he experiences the ups and downs of his neighbours as they pass through his shop. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In the Heights is an exhilarating journey into a tight-knit neighbourhood on the brink of change, set to a diverse and exciting soundtrack.
Boasting a groundbreaking score that combines Latin music, soul and even hip-hop, In the Heights has something for everyone – whether you’re interested in compelling characters; doomed romance; dynamic dancing or an entrancing score. So don’t miss it: make sure you’re in Stockwell in August 2018 and join RicNic London for a vibrant exploration of life, love, and what it means to be ‘home’.
Want to learn more or fancy getting involved in this year's production? Please do get in touch with the London team or follow them on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest updates. We’d love to hear from you!
After a fantastic summer of shows, we were bowled over to receive an extremely strong batch of applications for next year's production teams. Following a careful selection process, appointments have now been made. Our new teams bring an inspiring mix of experience, enthusiasm, and outstanding talent to their positions. We can't wait to see what they come up with for RicNic 2018!
Producer - Dexter Drown
Director - Keanan McCloskey
Musical Director - Tasha Strange
Technical Director - India Marsden
Assistant Musical Director - Claire Watters
Choreographer - Livi Ridley
Director/Executive Producer - Emily Pacey
Producer - Heather Cairns
Musical Director - Aaron Horlock
Choreographer/Assistant Director - Keren Young
Producer – Meredith Hughes
Director – Sofia Deas
Technical Director – Esther Malkinson
Musical Director – Olivia Wormald
Assistant Producer – Justice Jennings
It was an extremely strong year, as mentioned, so please don’t feel disheartened if you applied and were unsuccessful – we do hope you’ll apply again in future years.
Congratulations, once more, to our new teams: we can’t wait to work with you! Don't forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter so that you can keep up to date with all their progress.
Hampshire is where it all began for RicNic, way back in 2004, when a small group of teenagers (including trustee Ben Nicholls) got together and decided to put on a show - all on their own.
Now a key plank of the summer programme at Winchester's Theatre Royal, RicNic Hampshire is in its fourteenth year - and what a year it's set to be! Performing West Side Story between 23rd - 26th August, this year's team have been hard at work whipping their fantastic company (a great mix of old and new hands) into shape. We popped down to Winchester to take a sneak peek!
West Side Story is a compelling tale of doomed romance blossoming against an urban backdrop of gang rivalry and ethnic tension; an adaptation that brings the themes of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to 1950s New York. 2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the original production - but though the material is now familiar, it's still incredibly powerful.
Nominated for six Tony awards, the original 1957 production of West Side Story was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins (with a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim). The famous film - following a few years later in 1961 - starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakris, bagged ten Academy Awards. We're pleased to say that our young Hampshire company are giving the great stars of the '50s and '60s a run for their money with this exciting new production!
It's nearly time to 'attend the tale of Sweeney Todd' at the Old Fire Station; as such, we thought we'd pop into rehearsals to see how our fabulous young company are getting on!
Rehearsals were well underway in Marston when we arrived, and we were fortunate enough to catch a run of Act II - which, we're happy to report, had us totally enthralled.
One of the most thrilling (and at times gruesome) musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is Sondheim's gripping re-imagining of Christopher Bond's play. Fifteen years after being wrongfully imprisoned in an Australian penal colony, Sweeney Todd returns to London to find that Judge Turpin - the man who sentenced him - has abused his wife and adopted his only daughter. The resultant tale is a combination of bloody vengeance, deliciously dark humour, and spine-tingling music...
First performed in 1979, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street has been awarded both Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Its memorable score and captivating plot makes it an eternal favourite with audiences and theatre groups alike.
Rehearsals are underway for our first ever London production, Into the Woods, which will be performed at the Stockwell Playhouse (formerly LOST Theatre) between 23rd - 26th August 2017 - so we had to stop by and say hello to our fabulous new team!
The sounds of fantastic singing and witty dialogue filled the air as we entered the Stockwell Playhouse's own studio earlier this week, where we found the company hard at work bashing through Act One. We even caught a sneak preview of the toe-tapping first act finale, 'Ever After', complete with stirring harmonies and deft dance moves.
In between songs and scenes, the young actors were hard at work with arts and crafts (I shall say no more - take a close look at the set when you come to see the show!). They even hit the streets of London to do a spot of flyering, hoping to tempt theatre-goers down to South London in a couple of weeks. Keep your eyes peeled if you're out and about in the big city - you might spot them on a high street near you!
Olly (director), Meredith (producer) and Finan (musical director) have a quick chinwag after a successful day of rehearsals.
If you want to help our hugely talented London team get the 'happily ever after' they deserve, don't forget to show your support by coming to see the show! With spine-tingling performances, sensational music and sharp dialogue, RicNic's unique production of Stephen Sondheim’s spellbinding musical will enchant you until the very end. To book tickets, visit the Stockwell Playhouse website or give them a call on 0207 622 9208.
Into the woods,
It's time to go.
I hate to leave,
I have to, though...
Once upon a time, there was a talented team of RicNic alumni who wished to put on a show. Instead of a fairy castle, they had the LOST Theatre in Vauxhall; and instead of the Brothers Grimm, they had the prodigious talents of Stephen Sondheim to draw on. The result? A new RicNic branch and an exciting new production of Into the Woods, to be performed in London between 23rd – 26th August!
Into the Woods begins with four wishes from four fabled characters: Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; Jack, who wishes for his cow to produce milk; and the Baker and his wife, who long for a child. Sounds familiar, right? Wrong. Into the Woods may contain elements we’ve seen before – like golden slippers, red cloaks and magic beans –but it’s more than a simple fairytale: indeed, it’s an epic masterpiece, bursting with well-loved characters, toe-tapping numbers, and bags of wit. Stephen Sondheim’s carefully-composed tale won several Tony awards when it premiered in 1987, and has proved popular ever since: the musical has been revived countless times on stage and a Disney film adaptation – starring Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, no less - was released in 2014 to great acclaim.
Come down to Vauxhall in August and let us whisk you away to an enchanted forest where all your wishes can come true!
Keen to get involved? Then we want to hear from you! Auditions will be held on Saturday 17th June at a central London venue - please contact the London team or check in with them on Facebook to book your slot.
‘Maria! I’ve just met a girl named Maria… and suddenly that name will never be the same to me.’
Hot on the heels of our RicNic Oxford show announcement last week, we’re now delighted to announce that RicNic Hampshire will be performing Leonard Bernstein’s masterpiece, West Side Story, in summer 2017.
The musical, which brings the themes of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to 1950s New York, needs little introduction. The compelling story of a doomed romance blossoming against an urban backdrop of gang rivalry and ethnic tension is familiar, but always powerful. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the original production - yet the material is as relevant today as it was then.
Directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (marking his Broadway debut, no less), the original production of West Side Story was nominated for six Tony Awards, whilst the 1961 film was nominated for an amazing eleven Academy Awards (winning ten). Lauded for its sophisticated story, fantastic dance sequences, and memorable music, West Side Story has been performed internationally and revived on countless occasions, and is widely held to be one of the greatest musicals of all time.
With a host of amazing songs to sing along to (including ‘America’ ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Tonight’), dance numbers to tap toes to, and dramatic moments to bite nails to, one thing is certain: RicNic Hampshire have an unforgettable treat in store for us this summer. 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 can’t wait to hear from you!