Who We Are
Raenbow Productions was set up in 1999 by Anne Rae who had the vision of creating a theatre school for children that would build children's confidence and engage them in the world of theatre in a safe and inspiring environment. Raenbow quickly gained an enviable reputation as one of Scotland premier community based children's theatre schools, helping to nurture children's interest and passion for theatre. Raenbow expanded in 2001 to incorporate a department that has been commissioned by local councils and schools around Scotland to write and deliver touring productions that cover a number of relevant topics.
The RAENBOW Team
Anne Rae - Artistic Director & Producer
An accomplished director and actress, Anne began teaching in 1991 in the West End of Glasgow. She then turned her hand to stage management, producing and directing. As a performer, Anne had a short spell as a stand-up comic. She has also worked in film, television and radio. Notable parts on stage include Mel in the highly acclaimed ‘Shakers Re-Stirred’ by John Godber, Claire in Neil Simon’s ‘Rumours’ and Carolanne in ‘Refuge’ the powerful play by Janet Paisley, all playing to capacity audiences. More recently, she produced and directed ‘Acorn Antiques – The Musical’ to critical acclaim. Anne co-writes and directs our yearly shows and also the company’s Theatre in Education, touring shows. Anne is dedicated to motivating and inspiring the students of Raenbow, introducing them to the different genres of theatre. She loves giving each student the opportunity to perform and grow in confidence.
Margot Traynor - Artistic and Musical Director
Margot has a wealth of experience both on and off stage. She has worked professionally as a director on a range of musical productions. She made her leading lady debut on the Kings Theatre stage at 18yrs playing the title role in the musical Irene. Many more leading lady roles followed most notably in Mack & Mabel, the highly acclaimed Hello Dolly and Chicago. A big fan of Julie Walters she was thrilled to play one of her best loved characters "Mrs Overall" in Acorn Antiques The Musical. Joining Raenbow Productions in 2003, Margot co-writes and directs the company's yearly shows and also our Theatre in Education, touring shows. An honours graduate in design from Glasgow School of Art, Margot designed and painted sets for a whole range of productions throughout the West of Scotland, and is the creative artistic force for sets, costumes and props at Raenbow.
Ruth Andersen - Workshop Leader
Ruth has been with Raenbow Productions since the conception of the company in 1999. A dancer from the age of 5, Ruth has appeared in both professional and amateur productions, with favourite roles including Connie in 'A Chorus Line', Martha in 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers' and Anybody's in 'West Side Story'. Her most challenging role was when she choreographed The British Amateur Production of Bugsy Malone. Ruth enjoys working with our younger students and is well placed for these challenges as she is a Child Development Officer.
Amanda Millar - Workshop Leader
Amanda is an accomplished actor and singer and has worked in this field professionally. She was previously employed by Raenbow as part of our Theatre In Education team. Having worked in the Lighting & Sound Department of the Kings Theatre, Glasgow for 12 years, Amanda has a wealth of experience and knowledge in all aspects of theatre both on stage and behind the scenes. Favourite shows performing in are A Chorus Line, Calendar Girls and Acorn Antiques ‘The Musical’. She has been a long term friend of Raenbow and we are delighted to have her on board as a Workshop Leader.
Joanne McMinn - Workshop Leader
Joanne began her Raenbow journey when she was 5 years old and spent 13 years as a student playing a variety of roles in our yearly productions and also a featured soloist in our many concerts. She is a graduate of Musical Theatre and a seasoned performer, playing many roles in numerous musicals and pantomimes, favourites include Frenchy in Grease, Lena Lamont in Singing in the rain and the title role in Cinderella. Joanne is lead vocalist with ‘The Rays’ wedding and function band. She loves the classes and is popular with all our students particularly our Preparatory class, who she performs with on stage in our annual shows.
Deborah Bennett - Workshop Leader
Deborah is a former student of Raenbow and enjoyed the experience so much that when turning 18yrs she came on board as a Workshop Leader with our younger students. Years later and she is thriving and enjoying every moment. Deborah also performs each year with our younger students in our end of year shows. Always happy to adorn our variety of unusual costumes to the delight of her students. Deborah is a pharmacy dispenser by day, but her heart lies with Raenbow and we are delighted to have her on the team.
Katie Hart - Workshop Leader
Katie spent 13 years as a student at Raenbow. Her time with us instilled in her a love of theatre which led her to study Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. She then went on to get her Masters in Theatre and Performance at QMUL. For her PHD, Katie has been researching the role that women play as leaders in Scottish theatre. At university, she was involved with The Cecilian Society, where she performed in various shows and served on their committee and taking on the role of President in her final year. She also directed their production of Urinetown in 2018. She loves getting to work with all of the brilliant students at Raenbow and seeing their confidence grow in workshops and have their moment to shine in our annual shows!
Mark McMinn – Workshop Leader
Mark is a former student of Raenbow Productions and a recipient of both our Star and Crystal awards. He went on to study, and graduate in, Acting and Performance and has been working as a professional actor since. He has toured extensively, shows ranging from Shakespeare in the park to Pantomime to T.I.E. tours. Mark specialises in characterisation and voice control and loves working with all age groups. Mark also performed in his home city with Qdos at the SEC Armadillo in their Panto ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs‘. Mark’s first love is Shakespeare and performs regularly with ‘The Show Must Go Online’ in their online Shakespeare shows!
Carol McCracken – Workshop Leader
Carol started performing at 11yrs, playing the lead in numerous school shows. She studied Musical Theatre at the Dance School of Scotland and has an HNC & HND in Acting & Performance. Her first job was in T.I.E., which resulted in her long and happy association, starting in 2005, with Raenbow Productions. In 2008 she moved south to work with Butlins in Skegness. After 4 years away Carol returned home to “grow up”, as she likes to say, to get married and start her own family. She returned to Raenbow, back where her passion truly lay, performing in their T.I.E. shows and concerts and subsequently working in their classes, which her daughter now attends. Carol also sings professionally, providing cabaret evenings for pubs and social clubs all across Scotland and also provides voice overs for the Butlins brand.
The Pink Ladies
The Pink Ladies are a dedicated team of volunteers who help out at our yearly shows. They are parents of either existing students or former students and are now very much part of the Raenbow family. Without their dedication and hard work the yearly shows would not be the huge success that they are.
The Stage Crew
The Stage Crew are an integral part of our shows. Friends of Raenbow and former students that have qualified as technicians, lighting and sound engineers. Or just enthusiastic former students that enjoy being part of the Raenbow team.
Joe McMinn - Lyricist
Joe has been involved in music all of his adult life. He fronted several successful bands in Northern Ireland in the 70s and 80s including "SPICE", "FRESH" and the popular dance band "HARRIET". As lead vocalist in the bands he also took a keen interest in penning lyrics for some new songs. After arriving in Scotland in the mid 80s Joe took a rest from the music scene but started writing again a few years ago after being commissioned to write some original songs for Wee Slice Theatre Company. Joe has written the lyrics for all recent Theatre in Education shows and additional lyrics for the yearly drama shows.
Alan McHugh - Composer
Alan is principally an actor who trained at RSAMD, graduating in 1991. Since then he has worked and toured with most of the country's leading theatre companies recently with the National Theatre for Scotland on the stage premiere of Tutti Frutti. Alan's television credits include Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt, Sea Of Souls, High Road and River City. Recent film credits include the BAFTA nominated Scottish horror movie, "Wild Country”. Musically, Alan has written and staged his own full scale musical "The Street", and appeared in (as Buddy Holly) and musically directed the original national tour of "Three Steps to Heaven”. Alan has written all the music for our current touring shows.
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