University of Chichester students bring musical theater’s hidden gem to life

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Bare – Ryan Bartholomew and Aurum Elertas who play the lead roles of Jason and Peter

Director Franny Anne Rafferty and choreographer Freya Sands, both known for their work on the hit West End musical SIX, are joined by musical director Matt Herbert, whose current credits include associate musical director of the UK tour from We Will Rock You.

Resident producer Andrew Wright said: “Bare follows a group of teenagers as they grapple with their identity, sexuality and religion at a Catholic boarding school. As they struggle to come to terms with who they are and what the world thinks they should be, they seek answers from their church, their friends, and ultimately themselves. As their final year of high school draws to a close, they attempt to navigate the complex road from adolescence to adulthood and then must deal with the consequences of their choices as they prepare to take the next step. of their life.

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“Bare premiered at the Hudson Theater in Los Angeles in 2000 and has since performed around the world. Its rich and vibrant score draws inspiration from many styles of contemporary music and has been acclaimed alongside other rock musicals that have defined the contemporary era such as RENT and Spring Awakening.

Ryan Bartholomew, who plays the lead role of Jason, said, “I absolutely can’t wait to get this production started. The creative team and cast are amazing.

Bare performs at the Alexandra Theater in Bognor on April 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.

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