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18 JANUARY 2017

COMMERCIAL AND SUBSIDISED THEATRE MUST STAND TOGETHER TO SUPPORT CREATIVITY IN SCHOOLS. 

As Rufus Norris comments on the worrying trend of arts subjects being reduced in schools, director of Joe Public and The Arts Link, Luke Shires explains why the commercial and subsidised sector must be a collective force. 

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16 NOVEMBER 2017

WICKED NAMED ‘BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR SCHOOLS’ AT 2017/18 SCHOOL TRAVEL AWARDS

EDUCATORS HONOUR THE ACCLAIMED STAGE PRODUCTION FOR A SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

WICKED, the acclaimed stage musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has been voted ‘Best Theatre Production for Schools’ by educators for a second consecutive year at the School Travel Awards. The production continues an open-ended run at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now in its 12th year, and is also touring the UK & Ireland throughout 2018.

Organised by School Travel Organiser Magazinethe School Travel Awards recognise the best venues, attractions and companies for educational visits, in order that teachers can organise first class experiences when it comes to learning outside the classroom. The awards were presented at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on Thursday 9 November 2017 and presented by Fiona Bruce

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer (UK) of WICKED said: “We are honoured that educators have chosen to present the ‘Best Theatre Production for Schools’ award to Wicked, especially for a second consecutive year. The remarkable story of integrity and tolerance at the heart of the show resonates strongly with young people and we are privileged that so many teachers continue to engage with, and champion, the production. We are also incredibly proud of the education and outreach work that surrounds the show. At a time when education professionals are being forced to argue the case for arts education harder than ever before, we remain committed to providing every possible opportunity to support the social development and cultural enrichment of young people in this country.” 

WICKED provides a range of engaging learning activities for educators including:

FREE online lesson plans and resources (suitable for Key Stages 2-5).

Official workshops that can be tailored to the requirements of educators and their students for cultural and educational enrichment.

Schools can also purchase tickets for a performance with savings of up to 65%, with one FREE teacher (or accompanying adult) ticket per 10 tickets purchased.

The production’s education and outreach programmes proudly support the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, the National Literacy Trust and the Woodland Trust.

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School Travel Awards

WICKED NAMED ‘BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR SCHOOLS’ BY TEACHERS
AT 2016 SCHOOL TRAVEL AWARDS

WICKED, the acclaimed stage musical that tells the incredible ‘untold’ story of the Witches of Oz, has today been voted Best Theatre Production for Schools by teachers at the 2016 School Travel Awards. 

Now into its 10th year at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wicked poses the question ‘was the infamous Wicked Witch really wicked or simply the innocent victim of a corrupt regime...?’ and tells the story of how two sorcery students came to fulfil their destinies in Oz as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West

Nominated by teachers as a production that 'excites, inspires and entertains’ with a ‘message that students could relate to', the show was also recognised for 'supporting subject teaching and offering the option of bookable workshops.'  

Katy Holmes, Music and Drama teacher at Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell, south east London says:  
“Congratulations to Wicked on winning this wonderful award. I would absolutely recommend the show to other teachers considering a school trip to the theatre. Visually the show is stunning and the themes of friendship, acceptance and integrity follow our school values.”

Today’s School Travel Award - voted on by teacher readers of the School Travel Organiser’s magazine - was presented at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Fiona Bruce at London’s Royal Garden Hotel. 

Accepting the award Christopher Warner, director of The ArtsLink, which creates and manages the education programme says: 

“We are honoured to accept this prestigious accolade on behalf of the producers of Wicked. Going to watch live theatre is a really important educational experience in its own right. What Wicked also offers students from Key Stage 2 right through to A Level is the opportunity to celebrate difference, as well as study incredible storytelling, stagecraft and performance. More than 450,000 students of Drama, English and Music, as well as general school parties have been to see the show in the last decade. So from all of those onstage and backstage every night, as well as the team delivering the educational workshops and education programme by day, I want to say a massive thank you to the teachers who voted for us!’ 

The production’s resources for educators and young people include:

FREE downloadable lesson plans, as part of its comprehensive Education Programme, as well as themed Official Workshops in Anti-Bullying, Drama, Dance, Singing and Musical Theatre. In 2016, the song ‘Defying Gravity’ was announced as a set text for students studying Edexcel GCSE Music. Visit ‘EDUCATION’ at: www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk for more information.

Music Teacher Excellence Awards

SHORTLISTED!

Music Teacher Excellence Awards:
Best Music Theatre Education Resource (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)