"Beware the Jabberwock" by Ron Nicol
The FADS Junior team was the National winner of the Scottish Community Drama Association Junior One Act Play Festival Finals in Stranraer June 2012 with their acclaimed production of the above play.
Little did director Sheila Fraser think, when she started rehearsing this play in January this year, that she would achieve such success. After a long rehearsal period, the team was all ready for the first performance in front of a home audience in Fintry in March. They then sailed through the first round of the competition as there was no competition! They therefore got a bye into the second round in Grangemouth where to everyone's delight they won ! Now the pressure was on to get the team to the finals in Stranraer.
A fund raising performance in Fintry enabled them to afford a bus to get there and arrange alternative travel so that three cast members, due to depart for France on the day of the performance, were able to be included. It was so rewarding to have such a successful outcome.
Although the adult club has managed second and third places in previous National finals, It is wonderful that the youth team achieved FADS' first National win. “We are very, very proud of them” said Helen Watson the club chairman.
All this did not happen without a huge input from experienced senior club members . The major effort from these volunteers ensured the whole production shone in all areas. The club's gratitude goes to : Sheila Fraser (director); Lorna Flisch (costumes and set design); Barbara McLeod (choreographer); Rosie Walters and Pam Lightbody (make up and hair); Martin Gibb (lighting); and Tony Flisch (sound.)
The club is also grateful to the many helpful parents and of course the wonderful youngsters themselves. They all worked really hard to come to the peak of their performance at the finals.
See here for the youngsters' comments