UCLan Music Theatre’s ‘bare: a pop opera’: Coming of Age at U of Central Lancashire

UCLan Music Theatre, at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, U.K., in is an ever evolving performance based degree program that teaches skills in voice work, acting and movement and also Musical Theatre writing and development. Each academic year their students work on an already established piece of Musical Theatre, this year featuring Damon Intrabartolo & Jon Hartmere‘s pop opera, BARE. The students have created their own BARE website, Twitter and Facebook pages and are well on the way to selling out all six of the shows during this week’s run.

BARE is the searing story of a group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school facing issues of sexuality and personal identity. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are, and who the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their church, their friends, and ultimately, from within themselves. Its rich, vibrant score draws on many styles of contemporary music. BARE is an ideal vehicle for the young talent of a college performing arts department and the UCLan cast is embracing the show’s appeal as a vehicle for their developing talents.

The UCLan cast of 'bare' in rehearsal. Photo by Michelle McLellan

UCLan’s BARE cast features James Lloyd-Skinner, Rob Woodward, Lois Lonsdale, Abbie Stock, Kerry Edgington, Hannah Roberts, Liam Tankard, Danny Fahey, Letitia George, Grace Jenkins, Abby Harkness, Faye Smith, Justin Middleton, Ben Hutt, Laura Keeley, Josselyn Cotterill, Faye McGuire, Brogan Hollindrake, Gemma Druce and Jess Barrowman. Directed by Mark Goggins with Musical Direction by Pete Faint, the production plays this week through Saturday, March 31st at St. Peter’s Arts Centre in Preston.

For more information on UCLan’s production of BARE, click here to go their production website at http://www.uclanbare.co.uk/

For more information on licensing YOUR production of BARE, click here to visit the show’s homepage at www.theatricalrights.com.

To order a perusal copy of BARE, click here to go to the Perusal Store at www.theatricalrights.com.