Musical Theatre students return to rock Romania

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UCW Academy of Performing Arts students have performed in front of hundreds of people in three major regional theatres in Romania.

The tour, which lasted 10 days and featured a cast of students from the Musical Theatre degrees on offer at UCW, followed on from the run of sold out performances at the George Ciprian Theatre in Buzau, south east Romania in 2017.

This year saw two new venues – the Gheorghe Pastia Theatre in the eastern city of Focsani and the Toma Caragiu Theatre in Ploiesti just outside of the country’s capital Bucharest – and extra dates added to the run of shows.

The talented students performed an original rock musical revue called Broadway Rocks, which is packed with the greatest hits from contemporary Broadway rock musicals as well as other much-loved classics.

UCW lecturer and American award-winning director Kyle Davies, who devised the show and directed the six performances, said: “The show was very well received with the final two nights being completely sold out.

“The tour offered students insight into the practical and professional experience of touring, with the trip being completely funded by the ticket sales we received from the venues.

“It is great that this year’s Romania tour was even bigger and better than last year’s, and we hope that it will continue to grow and become a permanent opportunity for our students to take advantage of.”

The chance to perform in Romania came about after George Ciprian theatre director Marina Hanganu visited UCW last year and invited students to Buzau as part of the traditional ‘Martisor’ spring celebrations being held in the city.

The Musical Theatre courses at UCW are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

Photo courtesy of Ion Tăbăcaru.