Performance Preparation Academy’s third year Musical Theatre Diploma graduates are presenting the critically acclaimed Tony-Award-nominated high-flying drama school premiere of Bring It On: The Musical at The Electric Theatre, Guildford this week, from 5–7 March.
Telling the story of a rival high school cheer squad, the musical first burst onto the Off-Broadway stage in 2011, later garnering rave reviews when it received its New York premiere on the Great White Way the following year. Described by The New York Times as a production that “truly dazzles”, The Huffington Post critic went on to praise the musical’s laugh-out loud Broadway-pop songs, declaring it had been “a long time since (he) had enjoyed a new musical quite as much”.
Campbell is cheerleading royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most ‘cheertastic’ of all. She’s been named captain of the squad, but an unexpected restriction has forced her to spend her final year at the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell is determined to befriend the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader Danielle, form a powerhouse squad. Campbell may have assembled a National Championship team, but everyone knows difficult stunts don’t easily “stick”. What will happen?
Two Squads, one mission: to claim the title at the National Cheerleading Championships. Bring It On: The Musical permits audience members a ringside seat to the passionate world of over-the-top competitive cheerleading, amidst the fierce rivalries of high school politics and romantic entanglement.
Bring It On: The Musical has a book by Jeff Whitty, music by Tom Kitt and Amanda Green and lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda. The PPA production is directed by Christopher Howell, alongside musical director Francis Goodhand and choreographer Louise Pieri.
PPA was created with the aim of delivering first class vocational training that would also provide academic qualifications in musical theatre, dance and drama. PPA is managed solely under the proprietorship of Louise Pieri and her husband Costa Pieri who believe that theatre training should be challenging, aspiring, life affirming and ultimately a life changing experience. They recognise that in a dynamic and increasingly competitive business the demands on performers to achieve excellence grows every year.