School of Musical Theatre Shows Open to a Sold-Out Audience


The corridors of ArtsEd are abuzz with excitement and pride as the opening night of “The Drowsy Chaperone” approaches on January 23rd. This eagerly awaited production has already marked a significant milestone by selling out within just a few days of ticket sales opening.

Winner of 5 TONY Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is a tribute to the Jazz Age musical, filled with laugh-out-loud comedy, show-stopping numbers, and captivating music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.

Directed by Philip Wilson, the production is expected to be a grand showcase of the students’ skills and hard work, featuring a unique double-cast that adds diverse flair to each performance.

This success comes hot on the heels of another ArtsEd achievement: the sell-out of “Rent,” which saw all tickets snapped up in under an hour. Directed by Tania Azevedo and set to be staged from February 6th to 10th, “Rent” has further cemented ArtsEd’s reputation for high-caliber student productions.

These consecutive sell-outs are not only a testament to the quality of ArtsEd’s productions but also to the enduring love and support for musical theatre.

“We’re thrilled to be looking ahead to the final two shows of the School of Musical Theatre Season. The Drowsy Chaperone, directed by Philip Wilson, opens this week and Jonathan Larson’s Rent, directed by Tania Azevedo, opens on 6th February. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre to see the talented 2024 Musical Theatre graduates in action.

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the students and staff for all their continuing hard work, commitment and dedication to the training.

Applications are still open for 2024/25. Please visit the ArtsEd website for further details and the link to the application portal.

Finally, keep your eyes peeled later on in the spring for the School of Musical Theatre’s announcement of our 2024/25 season of musicals!”

Jonathan O’Boyle, Director of the School of Musical Theatre

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As “The Drowsy Chaperone” prepares to raise its curtains to a full house, there is a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation. This success serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the young performers, demonstrating that dedication and talent are indeed the keys to turning dreams into reality.

For the lucky ones who managed to secure tickets, an evening of laughter, fantastic music, and stunning performances awaits. And for those who missed out, ArtsEd encourages keeping an eye out for future productions that promise the same level of excitement and excellence.

There’s Still Time to Apply to Our Musical Theatre and Acting Courses

As the curtain is set to fall on another successful production at ArtsEd, it’s clear that the stage is just the beginning. If you’ve been inspired by the outstanding performances of our students and dream of taking your place in the spotlight, our BA (Hons) Musical Theatre or Acting course is your next step. ArtsEd is renowned for its rigorous and exceptional triple-threat training, offering an exciting and extensive curriculum designed to shape world-leading performers.

Applications for 2024 close on 1st March 2024.

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