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25th May, 2022

Musicals ROCK X set for a rocking live return

A ‘MONSTER’ musical performed by Stratford-upon-Avon College students is set to return to the Stratford Play House next week after the annual show moved to online formats during the pandemic.

Musicals ROCK has been taking place for over 10 years and is a staple of the College’s calendar.

This year’s version, Musicals ROCK X, is set to showcase the talent of around 100 of its students.

Last year the show had to be performed in house at the College and live-streamed to audiences in a show called Musicals LOCKdown.

But this year, staff and students are excited for the production to return live and in person.

The show will take to the stage at the Play House on three evenings, and is open to all.

It will feature numbers from classic musicals such as Mamma Mia, Les Miserables, The Lion King and more.

As well as featuring singers and dancers from the Musical Theatre and Dance courses, the show will include students from the college’s music performance and production course who will also provide musical entertainment in the foyer.

The whole event will be run by backstage production arts students who, as well as creating props prior to the performances, will design and operate all the lighting and sound and stage manage the event.

Musical theatre lecturer Alex Dengate said: “The whole process replicates an industry model. It begins with the students auditioning to an industry casting director and then the rehearsals and performances follow in an industry-led manner.

“The skills all the students have learnt on all courses involved over the last two and three years come together and are put in practice in a professional venue to audiences totalling roughly 1,000 people.

“We cannot wait to welcome a live audience to the best live show in town. We were so proud to be able to take Musicals ROCK online last year, but to be able to bring this monster show back and ‘in person’ this year is going to blow your socks off!”

The show takes place at 7.30pm from Monday May 16 to Wednesday May 18.

Visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/stratfordplayhouse2/musical-rock-x/e-lplloy for tickets.

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