Action! Theatre Festival showcases student talent

Action! Theatre Festival showcases student talent

Poster for the festival

Performing arts students at Rugby College are putting on a theatre festival at the college’s Platform Theatre from 6-16 June.

The Action Theatre Festival is two weeks of musicals, dance, drama and theatre showcasing the students’ work. It features musicals such as EvitaA Chorus Line, Mamma Mia! and Disney’s The Little Mermaid as well as a foundation degree student showcase and a student devised piece A Father’s Duty.

Level 2 Performing Arts students have already been touring The Little Mermaid to primary schools in the Rugby area, including St Oswald’s and Boughton Leigh, receiving great feedback from the children and staff. The 50-minute musical is based on the 2008 Broadway production and the 1989 animated feature film.

Hayley Glover, course leader for performing arts, is directing The Little Mermaid. She said “This classic Disney title contains all of the songs from the Oscar-winning animated feature film as well as new songs from the Broadway show. The students have had an epic task with this show, trying to create an underwater world, learn complex songs and movements and all in just a few weeks of rehearsal. They have done an incredible job and have really brought these well-known characters to life.”

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Rehearsal shot from The Little Mermaid

Each performance lasts around an hour with a short interval before the next show and all performances start at 7pm except for The Little Mermaid, which starts at 6pm. The schedule is:

  • Tuesday 6 June at 7pm – Foundation Degree Student Showcase & Evita
  • Wednesday 7 June at 7pm – A Chorus Line & Mamma Mia!
  • Thursday 9 June at 6pm – The Little Mermaid & Mr Bean
  • Monday 12 June at 6pm – The Little Mermaid & Annie
  • Tuesday 13 June at 7pm – Mr Bean & Evita
  • Wednesday 14 June at 7pm – A Father’s Duty & A Chorus Line
  • Thursday 15 June at 7pm – Foundation Degree Student Showcase & Mamma Mia!
  • Friday 16 June at 7pm – Annie & A Father’s Duty

Tickets are £7.50 (£5 concessions) or buy an unlimited Festival Ticket for just £20 (£10 concessions) and see as many of the shows as you like. You can buy your tickets online at or on the door.

Rugby College Performing Arts department offers a range of courses up to foundation degree level where students can study subjects such as dance, drama, singing and musical theatre. For more information go to or call 0300 456 0049.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

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