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Published May 26th 2021
Theatre invites people to write script and score for musical
A new community musical is being planned for a Staffordshire theatre - and it promises to be their largest community project yet. The Lichfield Garrick will be bringing their latest community musical to the stage in the summer of 2022 - a production that has been devised, written, composed, and developed by participants from the community. The theatre's previous community shows, including The Dreaming in 2017 and their 2019 production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, have been a stepping-stone for members of the community young and old to get involved in theatre, both on and off the stage. But for its 2022 production, the Garrick wants to take the annual project one step further and develop the show themselves and they want the community to get involved! For the first time ever, the Garrick will be composing and writing the musical themselves, with members of the community invited to kickstart the project by coming up with both a script and a score later this year.

Lichfield Garrck, The Dreaming
A look back to previous community musical, The Dreaming. Credit Pamela Raith Photography

The new project will be spearheaded by Lichfield Garrick's Associate Director, Jonny McClean, who has directed the past two community musicals. He will be joined by a professional composer who will be announced shortly. Jonny says: "I'm over the moon to be announcing a project as exciting as this one. The community musical has always been a major staple in our calendar, and the chance to work with the community to adapt a story and open out the creative process in a way we've never been able to before is a genuine privilege." The theatre will also be offering masterclasses ahead of the start of the project, where participants can take creative classes in playwriting, directing, set and costume design, and audience engagement to give those interested in taking part a taste of what the development of a musical will entail. To book onto one of the masterclasses, people are invited to visit the theatre website:

Lichfield Garrck
The Lichfield Garrick is inviting community involvement

Applications are now open for anyone wanting to apply to be a part of the creative team, whether that be writing the script or producing the score with the professional composer, It costs 85 to be involved, which includes 15 weeks of workshops. More information, including how to apply for a funded place, can be found by visiting: Participants must be aged at least 13 but there is no upper age limit. Applications for performers to take part in the musical will open in 2022.
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Why? Community urged to help make new musical happen
When: 2022
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6LZ
Cost: Not yet decided
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