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30th Jun, 2022

Stratford College to stage online incarnation 'Musicals LOCK!down'

AN INCARNATION of Stratford College’s annual musical medley is to be staged with a lockdown twist.

Performing and Production Arts students will showcase its Musicals ROCK! production online this year, with the pandemic inspired title Musicals LOCK!down.

The performance will be livestreamed on Zoom from the college’s Gordon Vallins Studio, with students performing show-stopping numbers from We Will Rock You, Sister Act, Copacabana and Legally Blonde. The show will also feature a special guest who will be ‘zooming in’ live from the West End to perform with the students on the night.

Musical director Alex Dengate said: “It’s that special time of year where once again the mighty machine that is Musicals ROCK! taxis to the runway and gets ready for take-off! We are all incredibly excited about getting this show off the ground and the added element of the production being livestreamed online to an audience of hundreds is a new and exhilarating challenge for all departments in the production to step up to.”

Performers will stay connected to their audience via a live projected feed. This has meant an extra challenge for the backstage production arts students, who will also be operating the lighting, sound and AV elements of the show.

Lighting operator, Matt English added: “This show has been different to any other previous shows here at Stratford College due to it being virtual, this has meant adapting my skills to cater for lighting for a camera rather than audience. The technical theatre course here has helped me with this by preparing me for both audience and camera shows which is a great skill to have.”

The show takes place on Thursday (May 20). Visit www.mlock.eventbrite.co.uk to book tickets.

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