Destiny - A Journey of Inclusive Musical Theatre


Destiny - The Musical, a labour of love for Mai-Wel Creative Arts since 2015, attracted more than 270 people to the one-night performance at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, 6th December, 2017. 

Destiny, a two year musical theatre project has provided unique leadership and mentoring opportunities for artists both with and without a disability, to get involved in an original musical theatre production. 

The production was funded by an Accessible Arts NSW Delineate Arts Grant with the goal of promoting inclusive musical theatre. 

Steve Burchill, Creative Arts Facilitator at Mai-Wel, has been a driving force in promoting inclusive musical theatre in the Hunter, and is one of the producers of the musical. 

“The musical has been a fantastic experience to create a shared stage for artists with and without disability. Theatre and the arts have no boundaries and exclusions, this production was all about collaboration”, said Steve.  

Steph Alderton was one of the 26 cast members of the musical and part of the main ensemble.  

“I love muscial theatre and being part of this musical has given me the opportunity to meet new people and try new experiences”, said Steph. 

Performance night brought a wave of excitement and achievement for all involved in the production, inflated by the crowd’s standing ovation at curtain close and requests for additional performances. 

We thank everyone involved in bringing the dream of Destiny - The Musical to life. Special thanks to Cessnock Performing Arts Centre and the dedicated volunteers who’s support made Destiny a success. 

Watch this space for future performances!

Just some of the cast of Destiny - the Musical, live on stage during the spectacular performance at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre. 

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