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Duo light up theatre with their online bid to raise thousands

June 26, 2013


A BUDDING teenage playwright from Carlton is launching an online bid to raise Pounds 5,000 to fund his first musical.

Nic Miller, 16, who attends Carlton-le-Willows Academy, is working with friend Jake Mc-Collough, 19, to produce Ripper, which they plan to stage at the Nottingham Arts Theatre next Easter.

The duo have launched an online Kickstarter project between June 21 and Wednesday July 24 in a bid to raise the money. Kickstarter is an international fund raising organisation that helps creative talents raise money for their projects, but if they don't meet their target, the pair will receive absolutely no funding.

Nic and Jake plan to spend the cash on theatre costs and hope to use any left over to help pay for props and costumes that they making and borrowing from Nottingham Open Theatre.

Nic, who will direct the musical, said: This is hopefully the start of something much more. Jake and I have already discussed ideas for the next musical and we would really like to take something to the Edinburgh Fringe. If we get funded, I'm sure we'll be able to go on and do it.

They have already formed their own theatre group, Laissez Faire, to star in the musical, which is based on the life of Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper.

Jake, originally from Carlton, went to the same youth theatre as Nic, has written a score of rock music to link the Victorian theme to the modern audience.

He said: Our inspiration came from a music video I can't remember the name of. I think it will work really well because it's a way in for the audience.

Pledgers can donate anything from Pounds 5, which gets a thank you in the show programme, Pounds 20 to add some free show downloads or Pounds 500 to be named as an executive producer. Once funds have been raised, director and writer Nic and music and lyric writer Jake, expect to hold auditions in August and open the show by April 2014.

Nic has already written and directed a play called Chance, which was performed for three nights at the College Street Centre in February.

He is hoping friends from the music and drama departments at Carlton-le-Willows Academy, who have performed in a number of school events with him, will audition and take part in Ripper. Academy head teacher Craig Weaver said: I am delighted to hear Nic's plans to take his work to a wider audience. I am always extremely proud when our students take their talents and put them to such good use. We have very strong music and drama departments here at the Academy and I am sure Nic will prove to be an inspiration to those younger students who will see just what can be achieved.

To pledge towards the musical, visit projects/1680657477/ripper-the-musical.

I think it will work really well because it's ''a way in for the audience. Jake McCollough

If we get funded, I'm sure we'll be able to go on and do it. Nic Miller

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