The Cecilian Society are always in high demand during the Christmas season, but this year they were delighted to receive a request like no other and perform as part of a proposal flashmob in Royal Exchange Square. Organised by Katie Hart and Alex Lyne, a small number of the society’s membership rehearsed Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Everything Has Changed’ for the special occasion.
The society’s president Laura Campbell commented: “We had perhaps unrealistic ambitions to become a youtube phenomenon overnight, so filmed the entire event. It also means the couple’s family have a recording of the big moment.”
Evidently, the experience was a special one for all involved; with Katie Hart celebrating “ticking performing in a proposal flashmob off my bucket-list”’ and later reflecting, “my legs were shaking so much it was hard to stand still. I was crying by the end.” Meanwhile, other members emotionally invested from a distance, Alex Lyne commenting: “I was gutted I couldn’t be there. I waited with baited breath for the influx of “SHE SAID YES!” messages that bombarded the society’s social media from about 9pm last Saturday night.”
Leading man Will Carlyle posted on the society’s facebook page a heartfelt thanks:
“Thank you so much for making my vision a reality and my fiance’s dreams come true…I’ll be telling everyone about you. Your new biggest fan, Will.”
A proposal flashmob is far from a normal venture for the Cecilian Society, but according to long standing member Ben Galloway the project was “a welcome break from intensifying rehearsals for our upcoming production of ‘Jekyll and Hyde’. It’s not everyday you’re offered the chance to share in one of the most defining moments of someone’s life.”
The Cecilian Society was founded in 1952 and turned 61 at the end of October. As they look forward to staging ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ in February 2014, Director Ronan Radin notes “the society are relishing the challenge of a show that will sharply contrast in thematic content and musical style to very successful productions of ‘Annie’, ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘Oklahoma’ over the past couple of years.” Laura Campbell adds “‘Jekyll and Hyde’ will see a talented cast of new and returning members and a clear directorial vision from Ronan Radin combine to capture the iconic tale in all its darkness and light; featuring a stunning score handled by musical director Niall Murray and given stage presence by choreographer Catherine Higgins. It’s not to be missed.”
‘Jekyll and Hyde’ will take place in Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre from Wednesday the 26th February to Saturday the 1st of March, with evening performances at 7.30pm and a matinee performance on the 26th at 2.30pm. Tickets are £13 (adult) and £8 (conc) when purchased in advance, £15 (adult) & £10 (conc) on the door.
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