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Students’ musical raises thousands from Bognor Regis theatre

Nunsense musical

UNIVERSITY of Chichester students have raised thousands of pounds for a community theatre in Bognor Regis after staging a musical comedy.

Undergraduates of the BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and Arts Development earned more than £4,000 for the Regis Centre following their production of Nunsense. The funds will go towards installing a new sound system for the centre and to make audiences’ visits more enjoyable.

Third-year Chloe Babiy said: “There are several musical theatre courses at Chichester and we regularly work at the Regis Centre to put on productions. It is a great venue, and last year we studied the Centre as one of our modules.

“We were looking at trusts and foundations and how it all worked, how to write efficient proposals, and this year, as part of our module where we have to do a charity project, we decided that we would raise funds. We just really want to help support it.”

The Nunsense musical, staged in February, followed a group of nuns whose order is suddenly depleted when 52 members suddenly die. The cast and crew compromised entirely of students from the University of Chichester.

Donna Day Lafferty, leader of the Charity and Arts Development degree programme at Chichester, said: “We’re always blown away by the warmth of local audiences and their passion for the Regis Centre. It’s a really important place for hundreds of our students and for local people. So, it’s a genuine honour to be able to support the Regis in this way.”

The Regis Centre, which is run by the charity Arun Arts Company Ltd, hosts 14 groups from arts for children and adults to those that solve social exclusion and serve the community. The University students have also helped the charity promote their sponsor a seat scheme which gives people an opportunity to request a seat plaque in their or their loved-ones name.

Nunsense musical

Chloe Babiy added: “Sponsor a seat is the perfect way to commemorate yours or a loved one’s happy memories and future good wishes for the Regis Centre and its work. But hurry, there’s only so many seats available.

“A good number have already found delighted sponsors, whose name and personal message is proudly displayed on a golden plaque on their seat. Leaflets are available to collect from the Regis Centre.”

The Regis Centre is keen to hear from volunteer. To find out more about its roles call the box office on 01243 8161010.

For more about the BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre and Arts Development at the University of Chichester go to www.chi.ac.uk/department-music/our-courses/ba-hons-musical-theatre-and-arts-development.