Theatre Onset will take musical 21 Chump Street to Bega Valley villages

Theatre Onset members perform 21 Chump Street for Bat Soup in October. Picture: Supplied
Theatre Onset members perform 21 Chump Street for Bat Soup in October. Picture: Supplied

With the long distances between Bega Valley's towns in mind, Theatre Onset is planning to take its successful musical 21 Chump Street to several villages so regional audiences can also enjoy the production.

As part of its plan, the theatre group will also offer workshops in music, acting and choreography that have been built around the show, travelling to Towamba, Wyndham, Bemboka and Quaama next month.

"We're taking the arts to them, rather than making them come to us," producer for the workshops Becky Lupton said.

"The workshops are for people to see how it all works.

"People can just come to see the show if they like, or can stay for both."

21 Chump Street is a 14-minute comedic musical by Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, which Lupton described as "a uniquely American story" about a high school student who falls in love with an undercover police officer.

It was performed in Bega in October as part of Theatre Onset's latest show Bat Soup and features a cast of mostly-teenaged actors.

Lupton said Bat Soup was very successful and had attracted much more of an audience than expected.

"After the first few shows we sold out every show. People were desperate for entertainment," she said.

Theatre Onset members perform 21 Chump Street for Bat Soup in October. Picture: Supplied

Theatre Onset members perform 21 Chump Street for Bat Soup in October. Picture: Supplied

"21 Chump Street was such a good show. It's really well crafted, it's got fantastic music, and the kids were amazing in it.

"Through challenging times we did a really well-received show."

She said Theatre Onset would look at ways of taking other projects out to other communities.

21 Chump Street and the workshops will be over February 20 and 21 in Towamba, Wyndham, Bemboka and Quaama, supported by Coordinare.

For more details visit Theatre Onset's website or Facebook page.

21 Chump Street is suitable for ages 13 and up.

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