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What in the name of
Michael Ball is it?

Our Musical in a Box is a creative subscription box service aimed at making music and drama fun and accessible for young people. It does exactly what it says on the tin (well, box); it gives you the tools to make your own, original mini-musical!

Write original songs using catchy backing tracks, follow easy writing guides to create entertaining scenes and have a go at designing sets and costumes and watch as they come to life on a transforming theatre box. Developed from our digital packs used throughout lockdown, we’ve created an interactive box bursting with activities, merchandise and secret tips from West End industry creatives.

 

West End Approved!

We already have an ensemble of West End stars supporting our mission to improve accessibility in the arts, and who are ready to share their lessons and stories with you. Get a look at some of our star-studded ambassadors!

John Owen-Jones (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Great British Bake Off: The Musical), Rebecca Trehearn (Showboat, City of Angels, Cinderella), Natalie May Paris (Six), musical director Chris Poon (Legally Blonde, Great British Bake Off: The Musical, Rent) Lizzie Bea (Sister Act, Hairspray, Kinky Boots), Aaron Lee Lambert (Hamilton), Jenna Boyd (Come From Away), composer Howard Goodall (Bend It Like Beckham, The Hired Man) and founder of the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society Willy Mukendi (Catfish The Musical).

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The Reviews are in!

"As a child, I would have absolutely loved this. What a brilliant way to encourage children to get creative and discover the many skills it takes to produce a musical. Genius! I can’t wait to try it with my little girl."

- Louise Dearman
 

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*The only person ON THE PLANET to have played both Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked!

 

Really fun for kids, creative and unique. It got the kids off their computer and using their minds and their acting ability which was great to see.

*****

Susie C.

A fun way to encourage children and young people to develop their creative skills and confidence by writing songs and scenes at home."

Wendy C. 

*****

Very engaging with plenty of detail for young people without experience...it had lots of useful information and tips, plus the backing tracks were fantastic!

*****

Kathryn P.

Backstage Support

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank our 'backstage' supporters, those who have assisted us on our journey any way they could.

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(Alt text: Pictures of Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Converge, Paved with Gold and Ambassador Theatre Group Logos)

 
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And to all those reviewers and publications who featured our digital Make Your Own Musical packs.

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Our Mission

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Even before the pandemic, arts cuts in schools were meaning that young people missed out on invaluable creative education. Over 50% of state-funded secondary schools in the UK no longer teach music, and drama isn’t even on most primary school curriculums. Then, when lockdown hit, music and drama were the first to be ditched as they rely so heavily on collaboration and community.

The creative arts don't only inspire imagination, but they build confidence, communication and allow young people to express themselves.  As professional theatre performers, teachers and writers ourselves, when our work disappeared in lockdown, we knew we could to do something with our newly-found time to help improve access to meaningful creative experiences.

We came up with a digital activity pack to help keep creativity alive in young people’s homes and since then, we’ve continued to strive towards our mission of creative learning
opportunities for all young people, by not only making a more accessible product, but also making sure that creativity reaches the most vulnerable children in our country.

 

We’ve partnered with an awesome social project called The Make Bank, who tackle creative poverty in the UK by providing free art material kits and online resources to disadvantaged school-children, such as asylum seekers or young carers. Everyone should be able to pursue their passion and The Make Bank’s kits help pupils reach their full creative potential.

We’ve given our backers (you!) the option to donate a
Musical in a Box to The Make Bank instead of receiving the box yourself. This means you can support our shared mission and help inspire the next generation, even if you don’t have a young person in your life to give the box to.

If you are interested in finding out more about The Make Bank, visit www.themakebank.org.uk. Additionally, if you, or someone you know, would love one of our boxes but isn’t in the financial position to receive one by financially supporting this campaign, please email us at hello@tuosocreative.com and we will inform you when our boxes are available for free through The Make Bank’s creative kit scheme.

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