11 April 2012Students from Musicality, The University of Nottingham's Musical Theatre Society, performed this year’s musical CURTAINS to over 1000 people during 5 performances from 29 February – 3 March. The society received £2000 in funding through a Cascade grant from Nottingham alumni, staff, students and friends to put on this year’s show at the Nottingham Arts Theatre, allowing them to share their performance with more students and members of the local community than ever before.
Over 1000 people attend this year’s Musicality show Curtains
The production has been the focus of the society since June 2011 and involved 55 students altogether -23 students in the cast and 32 backstage, in the production crew, or in the band, which involved members of the Wind Society. The money from Cascade contributed to the hire of the Nottingham Arts Theatre, the first time the society had used such a large venue in Nottingham, as well as funding the costumes, a workshop with a professional actor, part of the props, and publicity flyers.
This year’s Society treasurer Danielle Jeyes said to those who helped contribute to the Cascade grant: “Thank you! You have provided us with such an opportunity – we would have had no set or costume without you!”.
She told us that “The musical has been the best put on by the University since Musicality began 6 years ago. We aimed to attract more people towards the production than ever before and the ticket sales proved that we really extended our profile, allowing us to be booked to perform at external musical events. The public are now much more aware of the talent that the University has to offer and I hope that the other musical societies have reaped the benefits of the extra publicity.”
Actor Sam Warren said “The workshop was a great insight into the real acting world and definitely improved my confidence ” and third year Humanities student James Townend, the musical’s producer, said “the experience has helped me secure a work placement in a professional theatre”.
Next year, the committee’s main aim is to extend Musicality's profile into the City of Nottingham and attract more members of the public to their external events.
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