Belfast Will Be Singin' in the Rain as Hollywood Musical Hits the MAC
Get your coat – the Belfast School of Performing Arts intends to create a splash with its production of the timeless film
Summer in Northern Ireland is a notoriously damp affair when it comes to the weather, but the dreary days most of us spend longing for distant climates have more likely been a source of inspiration for young people who star in Singin' in the Rain at the MAC this month.
Often regarded as one of the finest movie musicals ever made, this toe-tapping stage version will be presented by the award-winning Belfast School of Performing Arts (BSPA) from August 23 to 26.
The cast and production team will be aiming to transport audiences back to the 1920s, when the iconic film is set, and to recreate the triumph over trouble tale with plenty of humour, unforgettable songs and, of course, dance routines which are as much a part of Hollywood history as the sign on the hill.
BSPA was responsible for last year's acclaimed Les Misérables at the Grand Opera House and received praise for its recent Junior Summer Production of Half a Sixpence.
The School's Artist Director and Show Director, Peter Corry is confident this group of rising actors can deliver a similar standard of show. 'The energy of these young people is matched by their talent and maturity,' he said. 'This is my second show at BSPA and I am continually impressed by the depth of talent. They work extremely hard, with an intense rehearsal schedule and that comes across on stage. We have shared the leading lady role between two young females – both of whom finish at BSPA this year as they take up places in prestigious London theatre schools, as will several of the male performers. That’s testimony to the quality of the cast.'
Johanna Johnston from Larne, Emma Martin from Silverbridge, Connor Johnston from Bangor and Curtis Patrick from Belfast, re-enact the famous dance over the sofa
Director of BSPA, Tina McVeigh added: 'The 40-strong cast of this Summer Youth Project has attracted several new members and we are delighted to also welcome a new Musical Director, Ashley Fulton, who is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed vocal coaches and an award winning performer, producer and director. Strengthening the production team further, we have appointed four of our BSPA dance tutors who each choreograph different parts of the show. That’s a lot of talent on stage, guided by the very best in musical theatre production.'
Singin' in the Rain was first released in 1952 and featured Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor, with the famous 'Good Morning' routine taking a gruelling 15 hours to shoot. A 1985 adaptation brought the film to the West End and last year it inspired the Oscar-winning La La Land.
Northern Ireland’s leading theatre school, Belfast School of Performing Arts currently operates six schools across the province with locations in Belfast, Bangor, Lisburn and Ballymena enriching the performance talents of young people between ages 3 and 20. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To book tickets for Singin' in the Rain visit www.themaclive.com.