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Wicked are now offering 3 new educational workshops on Anti-bullying, Wellbeing and Musical theatre for KS1+. These workshops are available in schools and various pre-approved venues in London.

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Wicked’s producers have partnered with Starling Arts to exclusively deliver school and community group workshops, with an emphasis on wellbeing and self-confidence.

Starling Arts, the acclaimed, not-for-profit community company, has been inspiring positive changes to health and wellbeing through singing for more than a decade. The company will now be delivering a new programme of official Wicked-themed workshops.

The Anti-Bullying Workshop is devised by Starling Arts in partnership with the Anti-Bullying
Alliance, the charity Wicked has supported since 2007. The ‘Wellbeing’ Workshop is easily adapted for teacher and school staff groups.

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Anna Shields and Emily Garsin, co-founders and directors of Starling Arts, said:

“We’re thrilled to embark on this partnership with Wicked Active Learning. These workshops fuse together our passion for musical theatre, singing and wellbeing in a package that complements both the show and the curriculum. Wicked is the perfect story for exploring big ideas and we’re excited to work with people of all ages through this new workshop offering. As advocates of how the arts can boost mental health, Starling Arts look forward to these workshops providing participants with a toolkit of Wicked inspired skills they can use to improve their mood and support their peers and community groups throughout life.”

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked in the UK, said:

“We’re delighted to announce this partnership with the brilliant Starling Arts company, who will now be exclusively delivering workshops on behalf of Wicked Active Learning. The COVID pandemic fundamentally altered the lives of many young people and UK schools continue supporting them to recover both academically and in terms of their wellbeing. We’ve long admired the inspirational work that Anna Shields and Emily Garsin have been doing in schools and communities, particularly during, and in the aftermath of, the lockdowns, boosting mental health and self-confidence through singing workshops and choirs. It’s an honour to be collaborating with them and particularly appropriate to be announcing our partnership during Children’s Mental Health Week.”

Wicked is supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2023, which runs until 12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect and is about making meaningful connections. People thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for wellbeing. Having healthy connections – to family, friends and others – can support our mental health and sense of wellbeing.

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About Wicked

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire and featuring songs by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is an ingenious re-imagining of the classic ‘Wizard of Oz’ story. The award-winning stage musical goes beyond the famous Yellow Brick Road and places familiar characters in a completely original and riveting new story.

Wicked tells the untold story of an initially unlikely and eventually profound friendship between two university students, Galinda Upland and Elphaba Thropp, and how their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked integrates original songs, incidental music, spoken dialogue, acting, singing, dance and multi-discipline design (including lighting, sound, sets & props, costumes, wigs, makeup, and prosthetic masks) for the purposes of storytelling and provides learners with wide-ranging dynamic opportunities for evaluating live performance and design.

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