With four separate productions being showcased over a weekend, producers Lisa Kreisky and Kristene Sutcliffe, of Stage Door Entertainment, are pulling out all the stops to carry on the exciting legacy that started two years ago with TheatreFest 15.
TheatreFest 17 takes place on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October at the Studio Theatre, Ballakermeen High School and is again in association with the Isle of Man Arts Council.
Starting the festival on Friday 6th October will be the new musical 'The Battle of Boat' by Ethan Lewis Maltby and Jenna Donnelly. The challenge of taking on new work has not fazed the young cast, made up of 23 local young people ranging in age from seven to 18.
Leading man, former Young Singer of Mann Christian Cooper, said: 'Being involved in a new work is a completely different process to anything I've done before and I love it. Kristene and Lisa are helping me reach into new layers of performance that I've not experienced before.'
Set during World War One, with a charming and thought-provoking storyline, 'The Battle of Boat' is a tale of bravery and plain fun.
'The music, choreography and captivating performances of these fine young actors will have the audience laughing, crying and probably singing the songs after its finished,' said Lisa, who is co-directing with Kristene.
The second half of Friday evening introduces another new creation, 'Chips, Cheese and Gravy (and all other things Manx)'. It's a comedic look at the quirks and eccentricities of Manx life. The cast comprises members of the local community and will be created during a week of intensive workshops and rehearsal starting on Saturday 30th September.
The production will be developed by the cast, directed by John Young, an ex-pupil of St Ninian's High School, who is enjoying directorial success in the UK.
Emma Callin, Arts Development Manager with the Arts Council, said:
'This is a really exciting opportunity to work with, and learn from, a hugely talented director, whether you are an experienced performer or not.'
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