by Maria Edgeworth
presented by Backstage Canal Studio & Creative Ireland Longford in association with Captain Moonlight
A musical adaptation of Longford’s world renowned comic masterpiece.
A hilarious and raucous tale, full of music and dancing, based on Ireland’s greatest forgotten novel written in Edgeworthstown
just as the rebellion of 1798 was raging. All the Rackrents bleed the people dry as they drink, carouse, gamble and duel their
way into early graves in this comic satire. Their “loyal” servant, Thady Quirk, tells their story with his tongue firmly in his cheek,
protesting his undying loyalty to a collection of half-crazed alcoholics and sadists while presiding over their removal from their
home and lands.
A community cast/choir will work in numerous capacities along with the professional Captain Moonlight ensemble to bring this
masterpiece to the stage as part of the celebrations of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Maria Edgeworth.
An unmissable show featuring specially written songs, sean nós singing and dancing with scenes of high comedy and casual cruelty.
This adaptation will require actors, musicians, singers and potentially sean nos dancers. There is scope in the ensemble for people
of all ages both children and adults and no previous acting experience is necessary. There will also numerous roles behind the scenes
(stage crew, set construction, costume, sound etc) for those interested in this aspect of the work.
Johnny Hanrahan will direct this piece with a small professional core team of voice coach, choreographer, singing teacher, etc.
This team are all highly experienced in facilitating creativity in those who may not yet be fully-aware of their own creative potential.
We are sending out an open invitation to anybody with an interest in taking part to attend an introductory workshop, where you will
learn more about what is involved. The dates for these workshops are Weds 1st August 7.30pm to 10.30pm and Saturday 18th August
from 10.30am to 1.30pm.
The workshops will be followed quickly by auditions, casting and rehearsals, which begin at the end of August.
This will be a highly-entertaining and artistically-enriching production for everyone taking part. If interested, please contact Mona on email@example.com, no later than 30th July, indicating which workshop you would like to attend.
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