It’s madness at Monifieth Amateur Dramatics at the moment as the company are in the midst of preparing for three shows at once.
The theatre is abuzz almost every weeknight for rehearsals, set painting or training for people learning front of house or backstage duties.
Monifieth Youth Theatre opens first on Friday, August 15, with their production of ‘The Great Gatsby’ which takes their audience back to the prosperous Long Island of 1922.
This remarkable young cast have taken the challenges of this play in their stride, mastering the accents, learning the Charleston and choreographing fights to bring to life F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of love and betrayal, deceit and disillusionment, horror and heartbreak, all set against the glitzy, extravagant background of the rich and spoiled glamour set.
The younger section of Monifieth Youth Theatre, who were the stars of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ earlier in the year are now holding up their side of the bargain with the older ones by learning all there is to know about the behind-the-scenes work involved in putting on a play.
They have been attending workshops on hair and theatre make-up and programme design and had instruction on Front of House duties such as manning the box office, ushering and selling programmes.
Rehearsal nights have seen them studying plans of the set, collecting props together and marking scripts for set changes which will be their responsibility during the run of the play.
There will be four performances of ‘The Great Gatsby’ with curtains up at 7.30 p.m. on August 15, 16, 22 and 23.
Tickets, priced £9, £7 concession, are available from Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry and Troup Pharmacy, Monifieth, or call 01382 480043.