Stratford College musical theatre students hit the road - The Stratford Observer

Stratford College musical theatre students hit the road

Stratford Editorial 6th Jun, 2024   0

ALL the world’s a stage – including care homes across Stratford.

Students on Stratford College’s musical theatre course recently toured their newly devised Jukebox musicals around the town’s local care and residential homes.

The 20 minute musicals were inspired by musicians famous in the 1950’s including Elvis, Buddy Holly, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.

After creating the shows themselves by listening to albums and finding characters to tell stories using the songs, students were also given production roles to ensure the Mamma Mia-esque Jukebox musicals were fully rounded and organised.

The tours visited a range of local residential and care facilities including Scholars Mews, Lower Meadow, Hathaway Court, The Limes, Hylands House and Ambleside, plus an extra performance at the college.

Musical Theatre lecturer Katharine Bayley said: “It is really important for students to create their own work and experiencing the devising process which encourages more autonomy and creates employability skills. Also, developing their own material and participating in small scale touring gives them an alternative performing arts experience/career pathway that they maybe hadn’t considered before.”

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