Uni students switch up musical theatre in new show

NEW DIRECTIONS: The cast for Canterbury University's Musical Theatre Society's new show Miscast.

Traditional musical theatre has gone out the window with a group of university students switching it up in a new gender-swapping variety show.

Expect to see a fresh take on songs from well-known musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago and Grease in Canterbury University’s musical theatre society’s new show Miscast.

Musical theatre is not only on the cards with the students adding new twists to pop songs including Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke and Radiohead’s Creep.

“We have taken pop songs, a lot of theatre songs and switched the gender of them essentially,” producer and Alex McHugh said.

He said the show will be an opportunity for singers to take on songs they wouldn’t normally while audiences will get to see songs performed differently.

A cast of more than 20 including six dancers will perform in the show directed by student Meghan Dunn, 20.

While both McHugh and Dunn have performed in numerous MUSOC productions including Rent earlier this year and cabaret show Sound of the Century, they have never worked in creative team roles behind the scenes.

“It is so cool to have this opportunity to take on this role…it is such a good outlet for creativity and an escape from the looming university work we all have,” Dunn said.

But Dunn said while she has enjoyed her first role as director, she is looking forward to getting back on the stage.

Dunn is studying a bachelor of arts majoring in cultural studies while McHugh is studying a bachelor in engineering.

The two performers first met when they were about 10 with McHugh playing the cello and Dunn playing the viola playing at the Christchurch School of Music.

McHugh will also play the cello in the 13-piece band as part of Miscast.

Miscast runs at The Foundry through to Saturday. To book tickets go to http://www.dashtickets.co.nz/search/?search=MISCAST