Musical In A Week for BBC Children In Need

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We’ve been up in Preston this week working in partnership with University of Central Lancashire on an exciting project for BBC’s Children In Need.

Around 50 third year music theatre and media production students from the University will be working with the Perfect Pitch team, musical theatre composer / lyricist Laurence Mark Wythe and West End director Pip Minnithorpe (currently the Resident Director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) to produce an upbeat 30 minute friendship themed musical, which will be performed on the evening of BBC Children in Need on the 17 thNovember.

The event will see the students develop a script, write lyrics, create songs, and rehearse and perform all within five days from 13th to 17th November.

Also during the week the students will be joined by special guests to impart their knowledge and deliver master classes. Among those currently confirmed are West End favourite Claire Sweeney, Cold Feet star John Thomson and two-time Olivier Award nominated actor Michael Xavier, who has recently starred in Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close on Broadway.

Ruth Bratt, co-creator of the Olivier winning Showstopper – The Improvised Musical and Debbie O’Brien, who has cast numerous productions in the West End, will also be on hand throughout the week offering their advice to the students.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for UCLan students to work alongside top industry professionals to discover the opportunities which are available in musical theatre and to get first-hand experience of writing, casting and performing in a musical. By partnering with BBC Children in Need and through the creation of a legacy Children in Need themed musical, which is to be rolled out in schools throughout the UK, this whole experience has additional purpose and benefit.” Andy Barnes, Perfect Pitch.

The money raised from ticket sales for the Friday evening performance, which will take place in UCLan’s St Peter’s Arts Centre, will go directly to the Children in Need appeal. The Musical in a Week project will also be featured during the BBC North West’s Children in Need coverage.