World record set in town theatre

The momente the Limelight group found out the show they had to arrange and perform which turned out to be Guy's and Doll's. Alison MacDonald pops the balloon with the envelope inside in the Webster Theatre on Friday.
The momente the Limelight group found out the show they had to arrange and perform which turned out to be Guy's and Doll's. Alison MacDonald pops the balloon with the envelope inside in the Webster Theatre on Friday.

AN ARBROATH theatre company has smashed the world record by staging the fastest theatre production ever in a marathon effort on Friday and Saturday.

It was only revealed to the LimeLight Company at 8 p.m. on Friday that they would have until 6 p.m. the following day to present the well-known musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ to a live audience at he Webster Memorial Theatre.

But it wasn’t just the show they had to put on in those 24 hours. They also had to arrange scenery, costumes, props and selling tickets, with an audience of at least 350 to make it a viable record attempt.

And amazingly they achieved the feat in just 22 hours and 48 minutes, shaving 57 minutes off the previous record set by a group at Dundee University.

Co-owner of LimeLight Michael Carlin described the record attempt as hectic and at times scary, but added he couldn’t be prouder of all those who took part.

He said: “When it was announced at 8 o’clock that ‘Guys and Dolls’ was the show, it became apparent it was a show we weren’t too familiar with or were anticipating as it could have been one of 50 shows.

“During the dress rehearsal we only managed to get through half of it, which was scary and we started to panic but everybody had a 45-minute break before it started and everybody just pulled it off.

“The audience were behind us 100 per cent and we had 443 people in the theatre which is only 17 away from a complete sell-out.

“It was a great way to celebrate the company’s first birthday as we wanted to do something big and take on a good challenge.”

Every single task that was carried out to make the achievement possible has been noted down along with picture and video evidence.

This will be sent to the Guinness World Records, who will then decide if the triumph can have a place in the record books and they hope to hear back in the next two to three weeks.

But fellow LimeLight co-owner Chris O’ Mara says even if it is not recognised, the company themselves should know it was a remarkable achievement.

He explained: “One thing we have been saying is whatever happens we know ourselves that we have broken the record.

“It was a shattering experience and I think we are all just starting to recover but it was great fun even though at times it was incredibly stressful.

“We will never forget the feeling of when we all stood there at the end and the whole audience gave us a standing ovation on what effectively was our opening night.

“It was phenomenal.”

The LimeLight company is appealing for any audience members who witnessed their triumph on Saturday to either email or get in touch via Facebook with their thoughts.

This will add to the evidence required by Guinness World Records to recognise the achievement.

You can contact them on lime-light@ live.co.uk.

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