With all the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, especially in the performing arts industry, it is wonderful to see that the show must and can go on! OV Oli Brooks (S 96-01) is currently taking part in The Lost Alhambra, Leicester Square’s weekly cabarets, called THE SHOW MUST GO ON which is starring West End performers from a variety of well-known shows.
We asked Oli to tell us more about this exciting show…
“I was very kindly asked to take part in the Hairspray Cabaret, as I had played Edna in the Broadway production of Hairspray on Symphony of the Seas (The world’s largest cruise ship, currently featured on Billion Pound Cruise on Channel 4).
The cabaret was so much fun! As mentioned above, I played the role of Edna. The vibe of the cabaret is more like an immersive (socially distanced) concert with some choreography, rather than the full blown show.
The audience sit at their allocated booths and sip on unlimited Prosecco or hand crafted cocktails and eat a gorgeous two course meal, all whilst watching West End performers singing songs from their favourite shows!
The cabarets are ongoing and our next performance of Hairspray is on the 21st November & I cannot wait!”
Not only is Oli performing but he is also teaching! Oli is running musical theatre workshops for children at The Swan Theatre, Worcester along with his friend Tom Muggeridge (Current Resident Choreographer on Matilda the Musical, in the West End). They are currently offering three to four hour workshops for groups of people aged 8 years and above.
Oli explains, “Participants can join us for a fun day of acting and dancing (due to Covid guidelines we aren’t singing at the moment), working on the actual script and choreography from either Matilda the Musical or Hairspray!
Next week, on Wednesday 28th October, we are running a Matilda Workshop in the morning and Hairspray in the afternoon.”