First ever production outside of the United Kingdom
The first-ever performance of the Scottish musical “Sunshine on Leith” outside of the United Kingdom will be held at Wilmington Christian School next week.
“Sunshine on Leith” was written by Scottish playwright and screenwriter Steven Greenhorn and includes songs from the pop-rock band The Proclaimers. Fans of the ensemble will remember the hit song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” from 1988, which is featured in “Sunshine on Leith.”
The musical chronicles the lives of Davy and Ally, two recently discharged British Army servicemen, returning to their homes and families in Edinburgh after a tour of military duty in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside of the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.
Wilmington-based director Allyson Good was so captivated by the songs and the story of Davy and Ally that she determined she had to try to obtain a special license to bring the show to the U.S. stage and to WCS.
“Sunshine on Leith captured my heart and imagination; it’s a musical that needs to be seen and shared. It was a huge success in the UK, and I wanted to bring it home to Delaware, WCS, and get it into other theaters in the U.S. It’s a perfect match for the talent at WCS. Through prayer, building relationships with the UK team, and perseverance, we have been given this amazing opportunity.”
As a result of Good’s outreach, licensing agent Josef Weinberger LTD, London, granted her a special license and to WCS to premier the musical at the school.
The WCS production features students in grades 5 through 12. Rehearsals began before the school’s Christmas break, and will continue to opening night. Students are dedicating close to 100 after school and weekend hours to gather in the WCS auditorium to run lines and memorize dance routines, which are choreographed by Macy Poore, Dance Educator and choreographer at LeRoux School of Dance.
“We are incredibly honored at WCS to premier Sunshine on Leith, “ said WCS Fine Arts director Barbara Schiller. “And we’re so proud of this cast. They understand the importance of this unprecedented development and are giving more than 100 percent at every rehearsal. “
“Sunshine on Leith,” by Stephen Greenhorn, featuring songs of The Proclaimers, was created and produced by Dundee Rep Theatre, Scotland’s leading production theatre. This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd. ,
Wilmington Christian School is located at 825 Loveville Rd. in Hockessin. The show runs Feb. 27, 28, and March 1. Tickets are $12 and will be sold at the door to the school auditorium. All shows start at 7 p.m., and seating for persons with disabilities is available.