About Half Term Musical Theatre Workshop

Join us at the Octagon for a special half term musical theatre performance opportunity! Spend two days exploring songs from the Octagon's production of Little Shop of Horrors. You'll work the Octagon engagement team and West End professional, Helen Washington, who has worked on world famous musicals such as Shrek and LesMisérables. At the end of the second day, you’ll perform a short selection of the songs to friends and family at the Octagon theatre.

The music in Little Shop of Horrors has a rock and roll feel, and was written by Disney maestro Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast). The songs are the ultimate in toe-tapping, sing-along catchiness, and we’re sure you’ll have a fabulous time learning them. The workshop is open to anyone aged 11-17 who enjoys singing and performing.

About Our Facilitators:

Helen Washington

Helen has worked on West End shows and tours for over 20 years as a pianist and vocal coach. She was the Children’s Musical Director for Les Misérables and Shrek Tours. She has worked for TV and film and also runs a community choir here in Bolton, called Happy Voices. Helen is really looking forward to bringing her varied expertise to the Octagon ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Workshop.

Ruth Allison

Ruth is a Director and Community Drama Facilitator. Since graduating the Liverpool Institute from Performing Arts in 2021, Ruth has worked across Northern England, creating diverse theatre with and for young people, and those young at heart. Directing credits include Strangers Like Me, Midsummer Mixtape, The Nutcracker (Sort of) (Youth Theatre at The Octagon, Bolton), An Evening With Nick Maynard (Farewell Theatre Company), Hansel and What’s-His-Face (Reload Theatre Company) and Something Wicked (The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond).

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