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Halloween at the Lyric Theatre 2012

 The Lyric Theatre received a ghoulish, blood-curdling makeover this Halloween when students from West Thames College London and St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College transformed the theatre bars with spooky, chilling themes. Their wonderful displays were in the theatre from Friday 26 October to Sunday 4 November.

Celebrating Halloween and the 30th anniversary of the worldwide release of the iconic Thriller album, staff of the Lyric Theatre, the West End home of Thriller Live, which recreates Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller zombie hit embraced their inner ghoul, dressing as witches and devils and handing out spooky treats to theatre-goers. Cast members joined in the devilish fun by carving pumpkins that were displayed in the upper circle bar.

What is going to happen when Santa Clause comes to town? The baton is handed over the theatre staff who decorate the theatre each year with Christmas cheer.

Fancy a go? After the last of the tinsel comes down, stored away for another year, cupid draws his bow and love is in the air! If you think your college can decorate our bars fit for Saint Valentine himself, then contact marketing@flyingmusic.com.



Halloween Variety Children’s Visit

On 31st October, 41 pupils from Holmleigh Primary School, Stamford Hill, Hackney, were invited for a day of chills, thrills and treats at the Lyric Theatre, home of Thriller Live. The fun filled day out was organized with Variety, The Children’s Charity.

On the day, the children arrived and were treated to a special exclusive performance by the Thriller Live cast. They had their faces painted as ghouls, vampires and zombies by makeup artists from The Delamar Academy and freelance artist Shaz Imani, and were given a tour of the theatre, including an exclusive look backstage at the cast dressing rooms and costume department. The highlight of the day was when the children were taught how to dance to Michael Jackson’s hit Thriller by the cast.

They performed their routine in front of parents and carers, who erupted into thunderous applause!

A big thank you goes out to all who were involved, especially the Thriller Live cast, makeup artists and theatre staff. The children had a great day out and it was a brilliant way to spend Halloween!



Exciting news for budding MJs!

On November 2nd 2012, Thriller Live’s producers Flying Music launched an academy to train young actors to take on the role of the young Michael Jackson in the hit West End show, Thriller Live, which will celebrate entering its 5th year in the West End in just a few weeks.

The MJ Academy opened its doors for the first time on Friday 9 November. Students will get classes in singing and dancing every Friday. They will also receive music tuition from the show’s Musical Director, John Maher, who will also have creative responsibility for the school. Dance classes will be taken by Dannii Hampson, and the show’s resident director, Britt Quinton.

Each child will enjoy three months of training; at the end a full audition will take place with the show’s award-winning director, Gary Lloyd, creator Adrian Grant and producer Paul Walden.

Thriller Live casting director Debbie O’Brien said: “We need at least six boys at any one time in the West End and the show is still touring around the world. The sad fact is that as soon as a boy’s voice breaks, he can no longer stay with the production, so we have a high turnover. Candidates for the MJ Academy can have had no stage experience whatsoever. We are looking for boys who are exciting, confident and energetic. They need to be of black or dual heritage, aged 9 - 14 with an excellent unbroken pop/rock voice with a high range. They must be prepared to sing either "Ben", "I Want You Back" or "I'll Be There" at an initial audition to see if they are suitable for the Academy.

Budding young MJs should contact Debbie O’Brien Casting

info@debbieobrien.net or phone 01462 742919.


Children In Need 2012 Thriller Live Special Performance

On Thursday 15th November, Soul Sensation Macy Gray, girl group of the moment Stooshe and X Factor Winner Joe McElderry took to the stage to perform three unique collaborations with cast members from Thriller Live for BBC Children in Need.

Throughout the show, the stars ‘popped up’ thrilling the audience with their own renditions of Michael Jackson classics. Soul powerhouse Macy Gray lent her unique vocals to ‘Rock With You’, R&B girl group Stooshe put their own spin on ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and X Factor winner Joe McElderry performed a moving version of ‘She’s Out of My Life’, giving lucky audience members a night to remember.

Macy said: “It’s great to be back in the UK supporting BBC Children in Need. The songs of Michael Jackson are so iconic, and I have a great respect for him, it’s amazing to be performing one of his songs, being on a West End stage makes it even more special.”

Stooshe said: “Wow! Performing in the West End has been unreal! We love Michael Jackson and Thriller is such a great tribute to him. We’re so proud to be helping BBC Children in Need it’s a fantastic cause.”

Joe said: “I’m a massive Michael Jackson fan so it was amazing perform in Thriller tonight. BBC Children in Need is great, I’m always honoured to be asked to take part.”


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