Friday, 18 March 2011

400 CHILDREN UNITE TO SHOW THE POWER OF LOVE


Malachi CEO, Gordon Lee, at a rehearsal with cast members Ellamae Cieslik, Kitty Campbell, Melissa Harper, James Hudson, Adam Brown, Gemma Hudson, Chris Tierney, Kitty Campbell

OVER 400 CHILDREN from the region will be gathering together on stage, for a unique musical extravaganza at the Birmingham Town Hall, on March 30. The production, organised by Malachi Specialist Family Support Services CIC (MSFSS CIC), is being held in celebration of a successful three year period of activity, which was made possible due to a Lottery funding grant.

The Malachi Community Trust was established in 1991, to support children affected by family breakdown, working within schools and children’s centres across Birmingham. In 2008 the Trust was awarded a lottery grant of £376,109, to provide services to children and families in Kingstanding and Stockland Green.



L-R - Caroline Tongue (MSFSS Director), Chris Tierney (Cast),
Abigail Percy (Debbie), Suzy Petty (MSFSS Events Manager), Kitty Campbell (Cast), Melissa Harper (Cast), Gemma Hudson (Cast), James Hudson (Cast), Gordon Lee (Cast & Chief Executive MSFSS), Ellamae Cieslik (Cast) & Adam Brown (Cast)
 From this there developed a recognised need to expand the scope of services offered, which lead to the formation of the specialist family support division, in 2009.

Since then Malachi has worked with 16 schools in Kingstanding and Stockland Green, developing issue based musical theatre projects for children and parent groups.

The Way it’s Meant to Be’ is the culmination of six months planning and rehearsing. Using the principle of time travel, the production is based on the well known Noah’s Ark story, which provides a basis to help young people question the value of love and relationships. With a multi-cultural approach, children from all backgrounds have had an opportunity to compare the traditions of arranged marriages with those based on mutual love.

For children who have been damaged by family conflict and breakdown, the musical will provide a platform for discussion and questioning as Debbie, the central character, is challenged to consider how her own experience has shaped her attitude and views on love and life.

The production is being funded by Malachi and any money raised from ticket sales will be invested back in to the organisation, to continue its work and help it expand its services to a greater West Midlands area and beyond. This work is underpinned by the core values of the organisation, which include integrity, honesty, inclusivity and caring.

“We are incredibly proud of the work we undertake and the positive results we achieve” says Gordon Lee, Malachi’s CEO.


Abigail Percy (playing Debbie) with Malachi CEO,
Gordon Lee (playing Noah)
 “We started with two members of staff in 1991 and now have 45 people working for the organisation. Our dedicated staff have made a huge difference helping with difficult personal and family situations including relationship breakdown, domestic abuse, and drug and alcohol misuse. Despite recent funding cuts, many of the schools we work with will continue to keep the Malachi service well into the future.”

For more details, or to book tickets for ‘The Way it’s Meant to Be’, please call Judy Petty at the Malachi office on 0121 464 6426.

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