Music Theatre Bristol is one of the university’s biggest performing arts societies. Every year we put on two shows in the 200-seater Winston Theatre. The first, Showcase, features extracts from eight different musicals, and is the biggest show the Winston stage has ever seen with a cast of 70 performers. Additionally, we usually produce full-length musicals, with our most recent productions including LEGALLY BLONDE, CHICAGO and RENT, as well as 48 Hour Musicals and themed cabarets throughout the year. This year we will be hosting a Newbies' Cabaret, providing opportunities for those new to MTB to try their hand at directing, choreographing, and producing, as well as performing alongside other freshers!
In 2020/21, COVID-19 has affected alot of the standard MTB Year. We will sadly only be able to put on one of our large productions, this being Showcase. However, this unusual year does allow us to focus more on members developing their skills and smaller productions. We also hope to host a National Musical Theatre Competition and send a show up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021!
MTB is arguably the most social of the performing arts societies so it’s great for meeting new people. We have regular socials which range from themed nights out to open-mic nights. There is also a family system which helps new members to get to know others in the society better. Additionally, we have an annual tours abroad, with previous trips taking our members to Prague, Budapest, and Amsterdam. We also join up with the other performing arts societies for socials, workshops, and the annual ‘Performing Arts Gets Poshed’ Ball.
The shows we put on are proposed and voted for by our members, and we pride ourselves on having a great reputation within the performing arts scene. We have both auditioned and un-auditioned productions and initiatives, allowing anyone who loves musical theatre to build upon their performance skills, learn new songs and dances, and meet lots of people. MTB also hosts Musical Theatre workshops by industry professionals, with recent favourites including a ‘SHOWSTOPPERS! Improvised Musical’ workshop. So whether you’re a singer, dancer, actor, or completely new to musical theatre, there are opportunities to get involved in the society all year round.
If you want to find out more about MTB, take a look at our Website or ‘like’ our Facebook Page. If you’re unsure about anything please don’t hesitate to contact our Communications Officer, Sam Sayan via Facebook or Instagram (@musictheatrebristol), or by emailing our President, Harry Clements, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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