Harbourlights starts to assemble cast for new production

The Harbourlights troupe in a previous production, 'The Roman Invasion of Ramsbottom' (picture by Chris Spratt)
The Harbourlights troupe in a previous production, 'The Roman Invasion of Ramsbottom' (picture by Chris Spratt)

IF you fancy treading the boards then Harbourlights wants to hear from you.

Formerly Waid Junior Operatic Society, the group changed its name last year to Harbourlights – East Neuk Music Co, to make the group sound more accessible to members and audiences alike.

At the same time, the group changed the length of its annual season from its previous times of August to June, to August to March to elimate clashes with school events.

These changes contributed to another successful season culminating in the production of “The Dracula Rock Show”.

“The name and timetable may have changed but we still provide children in the area (from Primary 4 up to and including those people aged 18 and still in education) the opportunity to rehearse for an annual musical production,” said a spokesman for Harbourlights.

“Our cast members come from all over the East Neuk to learn stage craft, singing, dancing and drama.

“Performing on stage boosts self confidence, and teaches the youngsters important life skills such as self discipline, responsibility, and team building skills – all things that will help in their daily school lives and into adulthood.“

Next year’s production, ‘Dream On’ by Malcolm Sircom will be performed on March 20, 21, and 22 at Waid Centre.

“This is a modern musical written for young people in an attempt to reach an audience which might never consider that the works of William Shakespeare are in any way appealing,” explained the spokesman.

“A version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the musical is dramatic, colourful and humorous, and we anticipate that the company will find this an extremely enjoyable production to rehearse for, and that our audiences will appreciate the fun and music.”

The company starts its season with a free enrolment night on Wednesday, August 22, at the Waid Centre. Rehearsals are every Wednesday during term time from 6.30-8pm up until the beginning of December, then in January from 6.30-9pm until ‘showtime’. All new and returning members are welcome up to the October break, by which time casting will be finalised. Enquiries are welcome through Waid Centre.