Music Theatre International (Europe), one of the world’s leading theatrical licensing agencies, is proud to announce the InauguralJunior Theatre Celebration (JTC), to be held at Curve on Sunday, 12 March.
The day-long programme will feature schools and youth groups from across the UK and Ireland, with performers ranging in age from 7 to 18, presenting excerpts from specially-created Broadway Junior™ shows for adjudication, and will include: Guys & Dolls, Hairspray, Once on This Island, Disney‘s The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, and more. Participants will also enjoy an afternoon Q&A with special guest Joanne Clifton (winner of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, and star of the current UK tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie); workshops presented by teaching artists from the West End productions of Disney’s The Lion King, Matilda and Wicked; and an evening concert of musical theatre standards performed by West End stars.
Conceived in 1996 by Music Theatre International CEO Freddie Gershon, Broadway Junior™ musicals are condensed, author-approved versions of classic musicals, Disney favourites, and modern works, custom-tailored to the needs of young people and schools. Developed by renowned educators and designed to suit school assemblies as well as the energies and attention spans of younger performers, Broadway Junior™ musicals are perfect for teachers or directors who are new to musical theatre and seeking to introduce students to the joys of participating in a show. Bringing different groups together to share their Broadway Junior™ experiences has led to annual Junior Theatre Celebrations across the USA and Australia and now, the UK.
Participating groups will spend the first half of the day presenting scenes from their Broadway Junior™ productions in front of fellow guests and a specially-selected panel of Adjudicators, including directors Lotte Wakeham, Steven Dexter, and Racky Plews, as well as iTheatrics’ founder Timothy Allen McDonald and colleagues Steven G. Kennedy and Marty Johnson.
Among the afternoon activities will be interactive workshops with teaching artists from the West End productions of Disney’s The Lion King, Matilda and Wicked. (See below). Also highlighted will be a special Questions & Answer segment with Joanne Clifton, winner of the latest edition of Strictly Come Dancing, now touring the UK in the title role of Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The day-long event will conclude with an Awards Ceremony and Showcase on Sunday evening, a performance by a group of “All-Star” singers and dancers selected that day, and a concert of Broadway and West End standards, performed by West End stars Liam Doyle (Wicked, Mamma Mia!), Sophie Linder-Lee (Wicked, Mamma Mia!), Sam Lupton (Little Shop of Horrors, Starting Here, Starting Now) and Kayleigh McKnight (Les Misérables, Bend It Like Beckham) lead by Musical Director Kris Rawlinson.