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.
It's less than a week until RicNic's roster of summer shows open - so don't forget to grab your tickets by following the links below!
This year's shows run between 22nd - 25th August at 7.30pm (as well as matinees in Oxford at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday). For a sneak peek of what amazing things to expect when you come to the theatre, check out some of our recent rehearsal photos below!
Everything's coming up roses for RicNic Hampshire... visit the Theatre Royal, Winchester's website to book tickets today!
RicNic London are reaching new 'heights' in their production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's breathtaking musical. Book tickets via the Stockwell Playhouse now!
RicNic Oxford will treat you to an evening that's delightful, delicious, de-lovely... head to the Old Fire Station website to grab your tickets today!
A unique and hugely exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled, creative individual to play a key role in shaping RicNic's future. Applications are now open to become RicNic's first Executive Director: to direct its future vision and development, and to lead its ambitious expansion plans.
RicNic is one of the country's most exciting youth arts charities: a genuine youth theatre company and unique social enterprise where young people really do get to run the show. Each summer, RicNic produces full-scale musicals in amazing venues, where every member of the company - from the director to the dancers to the designers to the drummer - is aged 16 to 21 years. Given responsibility and trust instead of adult supervision, RicNic participants have the best month of their lives proving what remarkable things they can achieve, and developing leadership, teamwork and valuable professional skills at the same time. Best of all, it doesn't cost a penny: RicNic projects don't have any compulsory participation fees. Talent and passion are what counts.
For fifteen years, RicNic has run these life-changing courses for hundreds of young people, and is currently active in three cities. Following recent, successful fundraising, and with our first staff member now onboard, we are recruiting an Executive Director with the vision, imagination, creativity, and interpersonal skills to drive our expansion, and increase our activity in new ways and areas. The role will require a true self-starter capable of balancing fundraising, marketing, people and resource management, someone who can balance strategy and delivery, who is a big thinker and a great communicator. This is a job like no other, and we need a candidate like no other to fill it!
For more information, please read the full job description and person specification. Pre-applications calls with the Founder & Chair, Ben Nicholls, can be arranged by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for this exciting position, please send the following to RicNic, 28 Westminster Mansions, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BP, or by e-mail:
i. A covering letter (maximum two sides A4), detailing your suitability for the position;
ii. An up-to-date CV, detailing your relevant experience.
The deadline for completed applications is 3pm on Monday 13th August 2018.We expect to hold initial interviews during show week (22nd to 25th August), including an opportunity to meet participants and watch a performance.
We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck!
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!