The stage is set for the grand finale of a life-changing American exchange project for a group of local young actors.
Aberdeen Performing Art’s Youth Theatre this week perform their latest production, The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky - a new work which they worked on in California in August with fellow young actors from the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco.
With USA writer Wendy MacLeod, they worked on the co-commissioned piece together in the second half of a two-year exchange programme, supported by Creative Scotland.
Both theatre groups will stage the piece separately in their own country – in Aberdeen, the production will be performed at The Lemon Tree Studio from Thursday to Saturday this week at 7pm.
“Essentially the play is a farce,” said APA acting creative learning manager Claire Davidson. “It is set in a private school and imitates a hierarchical society where the captain of the rugby team attempts to make himself King giving other pupils other roles to play up to his ideal situation.
“A couple of students don’t want to play along and wish to restore calm to the school and attempt to form a rebellion to topple him from his ‘throne’.
“It is very exciting for us to be able to stage their completely new work on our home stage!” she added.
Tickets for The Ballad of Bonnie Prince Chucky are available online at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.
The exchange project began last year, when a group from the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco visited Aberdeen and with APA Youth Theatre worked on the co-commissioned play, (Untitled) Reality Project with award-winning Scottish playwright DC Jackson. In this country, it was staged in The Lemon Tree in January.
For the second half of the exchange, APA Youth Theatre members travelled to San Francisco to experience how students are trained by the American Conservatory Theatre and to work with Wendy on the new production.
One of the APA actors, Darrell Thornton said of the trip: "It was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life - I loved the whole project and how I was able to witness the culture differences. I had a life lesson while I was in San Francisco.
“My dream came alive for that entire 16 days.”
And Megan Geddes added: “Our trip to San Francisco was the time of my life; I learned so many things, about my surroundings, the people I was with and about myself as an actress.
“As well as attending workshops, it was also amazing to be able to experience the city and get to know the other American kids, and families we stayed with. We were so lucky to be able to see the city from a teenager's point of view.
“I wouldn't swap the experience for anything, and I can't wait to perform The Ballad of Bonny Prince Chucky and finish what we started in America, over here in Aberdeen.”